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YES YES YES! Apple patents mousy, pressure-sensing iVibrator

DryBones
Holmes

This reminds me of...

One of my senior projects for undergrad. Combining a strain gauge and normal optical tracking to cut the amount of motion needed to move the cursor while still maintaining the full control that a mouse gives you. A nice thing if you don't want to set the sensitivity so twitching snaps your cursor to the far side of the screen, and you haven't got a ton of space to be scrolling way over to the side. Also less lift-and-place while circle-strafing the boss (in game, though it might be against your boss!).

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Google leaves STUPID vuln on Nest devices

DryBones
Facepalm

Blame Where Blame Is Due

Remember, Nest is operating separately from Google, they managed to cock it up all on their own. Sounds like they could do with borrowing some security auditors, though!

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Apple wins patent on charging iThings THROUGH THIN AIR

DryBones
Boffin

Re: Inefficiency is irrelevant

Even if it consumes 5A @ 12VDC to supply 50mA @ 5VDC to one device?

Inefficiency is never irrelevant, it simply varies in acceptability.

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Windows Registry-infecting malware has no files, survives reboots

DryBones
Holmes

Re: "a tool Microsoft uses to hide its source code from being copied"

" I'm just trying to imagine what would happen to the file system of a regular Windows PC if it had to deal with its configuration as a billion tiny files instead of the big hulking mess that the registry is."

Hmm. I rather think it'd read the configuration for the program when (if) it loads it up, like any sane person would do. The individual files are a million times smaller than the registry, so it's a doddle.

The Windows Registry is rather like memorizing the entire contents of your library instead of just looking at the table of contents for the book you want when you pick it up.

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Lawyer for alleged Silk Road kingpin wants all evidence thrown out

DryBones

Hate to Say It But...

I kinda agree with his lawyer. There have been too many bad apples brought to light, too much talk of being trained to construct "artificial" evidence trails for them to be worthy of trust, especially if things actually are rather vague about the circumstances under which all this was uncovered. It's much, much too close to the shenanigans that China and other such countries pull with their fully monitored networks.

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Android ransomware demands 12x more cash, targets English-speakers

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Angel

Re: Hmmm

"Such as Amazon's site?"

If you mean their app store, and it requires you to enable install of untrusted apps, then yes that falls under "third party".

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Pint

Hmmm

Something seems off...

"In addition, the malware now asks to be installed as Device Administrator..."

Oh, there we go. Yet another social engineering attack that's only possible if you enable third party / untrusted apk installs, download it, and then tell it to install.

NEXT!

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L33t haxxors compete to p0wn popular home routers

DryBones

Re: And bad advice...

Obviously that guy didn't read the manual.

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Elon Musk GIVES UP ON SEX: He'll make do with a 'cheap' Tesla III instead

DryBones

Call it the Model A

Buy SAX, you all.

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

DryBones
Trollface

Well done that man.

My thoughts almost exactly. .oO(Pot, meet kettle. He'll probably get you steamed.)

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Yet another reason to skip commercials: Microsoft ad TURNS ON your Xbox One

DryBones

Madness?

This is HILARIOUS! (/Sparta)

Seriously, I understand there's a certain amount of trolling going on with switched gamer handles... :)

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New Apple iOS to help fanbois thwart Wi-Fi network spies

DryBones

Alternative Title

Apple Makes War*ing Easier Than Ever

Seriously, help me out here. I'm struggling to see how this is more than security theater when the things actually being talked about are MitM attacks and other such untrustworthy network access points, when one is in public. OMG, someone might sniff my MAC address from the wifi that I leave on all the time hunts around for access points. 9 out of 10 access points that someone would care about broadcast their SSID, so what they should be doing is passive listening (multiple wardriving programs have shown this to be quite effective) and then directly connecting to the one that they're interested in.

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Ukrainian teen created in lab passes Turing Test – famous nutty prof

DryBones

Article Title Incorrect

It should be "Adults' Opinion of Teenage Writing Ability Now Equal to Chatbot". Seriously, that's all it is. The standard of perception is slipping.

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Glassholes beware: This guy's got your number

DryBones
Holmes

Re: And the/a flip side is...

Psst. Psst.

Hint: It's the same as if they did it with a cell phone camera. They can store all the data on the device, cutting them off the net does nothing, and they should have their own connectivity with them anyway.

Your line of thinking has met innumerable technological advances in the 21st century. You may want to check your perspective.

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DryBones
Holmes

How Droll...

This is what's known as an "attention grab". Usually (lately, it seems anyway) done by taking an odd or extreme measure with relation to a controversial topic that otherwise nobody would give two shakes about. Since we're techies here, obviously it found some audience/success.

Google Glass specs are here: https://support.google.com/glass/answer/3064128?hl=en

Hmm. 12GB storage, Bluetooth, wifi. Okay, so the guy may be able to do such, on his network. One I will never see, and never want to see if it's unsecured like it would need to be in order for some passing Tom, Dick, or Harry to link in. Given the out-and-about nature of most users, Glass will be tethered to their phone or a hotspot for data connection. They should have such a setup readily at hand, so if kicked off the network they will shrug and use their default method. Or, more likely, they won't have it on the network in the first place if it's not an approved device at work.

If they are allowed to use it at work as an approved device and bother to find out why it's being dropped, they will rightly conclude that he's a tit, and HR may get involved. Regardless (such as if the rules are his to make), their use of Glass via their normal roaming means will be unimpeded.

Storm in a teacup, sound and fury amounting to nothing, etc. If Glass users are behaving so badly as to warrant such measures and ire, they need reminding of common courtesy. You don't see people using their camera phone to take video of you during a casual chat, should be the same with this.

I'd say this was fear and paranoia, does anyone know if there's a "camera on" indicator seen from the outside (and positioned to not have prism imperfection mistaken for it)? Seems that would resolve the issue quite simply.

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SpaceX billionaire claims Air Force official 'likely' made job-for-spy-sat-contract deal

DryBones

Re: Wait a minute...

It adds up perfectly well if you figure in that most people in the aerospace industry (or any industry) tend to want to stay in it. You don't generally go from semiconductor design to brain surgery, you stick where your experience is because that's how you have the best chance of landing a job.

See F111F's post, above.

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DryBones

This is exactly the sort of thing that isn't going on, because if they did they'd have the FTC so far up their ass they wouldn't be able to move. There is no shortage of folks ready to point the finger either.

The problem is that the folks most qualified for these jobs are those that have been doing it from another angle. This isn't "build building", this is "understand convoluted regulations, follow procedure, and provide accurate requirements documentation for launching a rocket on government contract". It's kind of a narrow worker pool to pick from.

So you end up with folks that understand what's wanted, but they don't get to actually deal with most anyone that they knew from their former job. So you end up with negotiating teams working from packages those with the knack have given them.

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Re: Well, this is a problem...

Not sure what there is to disagree with in there, but whatever. This should be interesting either way it goes. Either there will be improper hiring practices found at Aerojet (who are not part of ULA, contrary to what Musk is insinuating), or he's made a pretty good civil case against himself for libel and defamation of character.

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Well, this is a problem...

An image problem for Aerojet, anyway. It's not ULA's responsibility or perview to vet a supplier's hirings. And yes, this is another angle to try and get the contact revoked, but I don't currently see how it would have influenced the outcome of negotiations, since he was only part of a negotiation team, and that one supplier doesn't have a major influence on costs. Have to wait and see what the look at due diligence says.

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Samsung mobes to get an eyeful of your EYE in biometric security bid

DryBones

Re: There's probably a lot of companies "looking at" iris scanning

NFC chip implanted in palm. Done and done.

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Spy sat launch wannabe SpaceX fails to stop rival gobbling Russki rockets

DryBones

Orbital Science has been air-launching payloads with the Pegasus for a while now, but depending on weights I suppose there's plenty of room in that pool.

As for bloated whales, I've said it before and I'll say it here: When you work goverment contracts, a rather non-trivial part of the cost is in giving the government what they demand in terms of auditing and compliance and proceduralism. There's this wonderful thing called FAR 15... no, it's not wonderful, it sucks really badly. To a certain degree, rules and regulations are a good thing because they keep folks from behaving too badly. But you have to balance them or it just ends up slow, unwieldy, and expensive. Sound familiar?

I think you'll be shocked when the comparison between SpaceX and ULA really IS apples-to-apples.

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London cabbies to offer EVEN WORSE service in protest against Uber

DryBones

Re: Maybe the cabbies in London ....

Well, I was going to say that "So, this means that the opinion of cabbies not open to using Uber is going to plummet, right? Nice own goal there, lads,". Looks like you got there first, though. :)

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SpaceX wins court injunction to block US Air Force buying Russian rockets

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Re: @ DryBones -- I like Elon.

@Someone:

Remarkably myopic comment. Seriously, 90% of EVERYTHING you see these days was not Made in the USA. Computers, watches, desks, cars. That building? Chinese steel. That battery? Lead from a Chinese factory.

Once overseas freight became almost free in the massive lots that are possible these days, it was a race to the bottom (line). Assembled in the USA to Comply With National Pride, is the uncomfortable truth. If you want to be nationalist, you need to look at it ALL.

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Re: I like Elon.

It's not a "may be ", SpaceX do not have the facilities, do not follow the procedures, do the required auditing and reporting to meet government contacting standards, full stop. How many companies would you take seriously if they said " we don't meet your requirements, but here we're going to bid anyway :D"? That's what SpaceX is saying, if it was a contractor you'd look at them funny and walk the other way. It's a delaying tactic, pure and simple, as if it's sustained everything has to be thrown out and started from scratch, costing X amount of time and money. Oh, that's our (taxpayers) time and money.

ULA was explicitly excluded from CCDev, so of course they are not part of that, and there's no point in them designing and building their own capsule. The Atlas needed one additional box to meet man rating requirements, all the rest already met or exceeded where the safety and design reviews are pointing due to heritage and reliability requirements for DoD launches.

ULA has gotten funding to adapt the D4 second stage (proven design, meets specs) for SLS, and to throw the Orion capsule for a full functional test with reentry. That's a lot of pork? Your butcher must love you. Congress forcing NASA to use the RS-25/SSME for SLS instead of buying RS-68s that produce more thrust and are already in steady production seems more relevant to that. Love to see them change the engine control box for one with more emergency detection and call it the RS-69...

As for costs... Heh heh heh. Trust me, "government contract" is pronounced "bend over and spread your books". If someone says they do not have accurate cost figures they do not have access to them, or did not bother to read them. The government requires disclosure of costs and that they be kept up to date, they can recover costs that are not accurately stated / excessive, withhold funds, etc. Basically, they have a hand up the accounting department's backside.

SpaceX are an entirely private company that does not do any of the things that government contracts require them to do, including buying per Federal Acquisition Regulations for all that they do. So yes, SpaceX is cheaper. Expect the playing field to level as government requirements are added to SpaceX, and ULA sheds requirements that SpaceX is not held to as well.

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3. Russian engines are better on an engine-to-engine basis than anyone other than SpaceX's latest. Only took 50 years to surpass them, looks like.

Personally, I'd love to see resources pooled and an oxygen-rich kerosene engine developed in the US that multiple companies can use. You'd get economies of scale, the latest tech advances, and can be nationalist to your heart's content.

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Re: I like Elon.

He's pulling an Apple, pure and simple, throwing a tantrum and trying to use lawsuits and injunctions to get his way without any care for the collateral damage. Pulling the 'nationalism' card is a nice thing to be able to do when you're already in position for it.

Don't forget, most of the things we use today are made in places like China and India, and probably some in Russia too (can't think of any huge examples at the moment). How did this happen? They're able to produce them less expensively and in greater volumes. What can we expect to happen as a result of going insular? Oh yeah, prices will rise until folks find a way around it, or the pressure on the politicians to stop being stupid becomes greater than that of the Cold War mindshare.

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Rackspace refuses to enlist in cloud's latest price cutting war

DryBones

Re: Well, Good Luck to 'em

How's that support, though? Crap support is crap support, it being affordable doesn't make it acceptable.

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Yes: You CAN use your phone as a satnav while driving – appeals court

DryBones

Re: Not in the UK.....

The greenest lawyer should have gotten that dismissed without breaking a sweat. Utter cobblers.

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France demands that Google post badge of shame on its pages

DryBones
WTF?

So, I read through the letter, and suppose the points are all well and good and all. But.

I don't know of any company in the world that does those things, or ever has. MS sure as Hell don't. It feels kind of "Do all this stuff just because we say so", just to score points on them. Is this SOP for any company that operates in France, having this sort of interactive "how we protect and use your data"? Totally serious, here.

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Have one, or are one?

Seriously, Google has a number of products, they decided to let them talk to one another, and consolidated their privacy policy to be consistent. Yes, they're all still doing the same ad-serving stuff as before, but now they're in the same drawer. The French are being plonkers, IMO.

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'That was quick!': AT&T ends $450 T-Mobile poaching promotion

DryBones

Well...

You do have to give him points for non-infantile use of taunting. In this age of political overcorrectness, damn refreshing to see.

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Google BLASTS BACK at Apple, Microsoft, Sony in Android patent WAR

DryBones

Re: How quickly we forget

Didn't the Justice Department okay this sale only after being assured that it wasn't going to be used for aggressive litigation, or something like that? Shouldn't there be a really big *AHEM* from the courts about now and a smack to the tune of about $1B? It's no secret who's in that conglomerate, and likely to not be a secret for long which patents are being asserted. Thus they can just divide the fine for perjury up.

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Google tells EFF: Android 4.3's privacy tool was a MISTAKE, we've yanked it

DryBones
FAIL

The EFF is complaining over something that wasn't officially supported, and could cause unknown problems with apps if you fiddle with what they have in the way of permissions.

This is right up there with all the stories of companies being butthurt about their products no longer working (hint: they didn't follow the published interface spec and design documentation) when the workarounds they were using went away. Apple did it, MS did it, Google did it. RTFM.

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Lightning strikes USB bosses: Next-gen jacks will be REVERSIBLE

DryBones
Holmes

Calm down...

You don't have to change your connector cable until you change your phone. At that time it will likely come with the right cable, probably not the outlet-USB adapter as those are understood already.

And no, reversible is not innovative and novel, it's obvious but previously judged unnecessary. Shows what they get for thinking people might stop and flip the plug over if it doesn't want to go in...

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Google to CyanogenMod: YOU! GIT yore warranty-BUSTING ASS outa Play

DryBones

I love it...

Google offers stuff that can be rooted and modded, lets you sideload applications (after ticking the box to do so and saying that you understand you may introduce malware in doing so, your own fault. Phone manufacturers lock it down and don't want to honor warranties if you tamper with the firmware (folks have managed to brick theirs by messing with it, recall), and in places besides Britain, this is well within their rights to do. Apple doesn't allow jailbreaking and such mods, actively tries to prevent it.

And Google is the new big bad for having a reasonable discussion with Cyanogenmod about an app that makes the rooting process a bit easier (Cyanogen offers a how-to for how to do it without the app, just have to RTFM), and thus could impact the user's warranty (none of the other apps really might have this issue)? You people are absolute cobblers.

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Microsoft, HURTING after NSA backdooring, vows to now harden its pipe

DryBones

Re: New years resolution

Sir,

I think with relation to your Gmail account, you have 3 choices:

1) Stop using it. Also, stop sending email to addresses in any country that might in any way be able to obtain said mail, in addition to its intended recipient. I think you'll find that to be most all of them.

2) Start using pre-encryption such as PGP for all email traffic.

3) Take a breath and relax.

In short, you have the same issue that Google and Microsoft have. Your traffic goes everywhere, you'll have to either wrap it up end to end, or accept it can be had.

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DryBones

Re: Why 'hold off'?

Bad legal advice, is my guess.

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Those Xbox One first-day glitches: GREEN screens of DEATH, disc crunching

DryBones
Facepalm

I want to say that technology has influenced management, and vice versa. Because they now CAN fix it later, there is significantly higher pressure to do so, weighted towards hitting ship schedule even if it's not anywhere near prime time.

My urge to call for there to be shaming and such over this sort of thing is balanced against the fact that games these days are at least two orders of magnitude bigger, codewise, than they used to be. There is more ground to cover, and all that. This is probably one to file under "Dammit, Escalation!"

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Re: PC games?

Steam, Origin, and Ubisoft. One of these things is not like the other. AKA, one is not a steaming turd that refuses to uninstall properly and constantly looks over your shoulder. Why is it that everyone seems to think that Steam is primarily about DRM? Steam is about game management and delivery. It has an offline mode that works fine. If a game has to be constantly online to work, that's the game maker's / publisher's fault.

EA and Ubisoft got jealous and wanted to work the DRM into even more places, so made their own platforms that you have to use in order to play their games, while Steam has the same stuff you can get at the store, but manages the selling, installing, and updating on its own. Consequently, I've bought plenty of things from Steam, but sweet FA from EAuno and Uglysoft.

PS, Kerbal is happily selling through Steam. Enjoy!

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'High impact' Gmail password security hole blew accounts wide open

DryBones

Re: Fix a major security hole in their complimentary email service.

Wow. There's something that couldn't be applied to lots of other companies like Facebook- oh, wait.

Companies use the information you give them, to think otherwise is naive. At least Google (unlike the NSA and others that do metadata/keyword work) is giving you something for sharing your data, which is to help you organize it, spit back some of the results of its data mining by presenting things of interest to you (maps, weather, sports, local events, search).

They pay for it by providing companies with a funnel that they can dump their ads into, and have them show up for people that are likely to want to buy them. Companies are not paying to unmask you. They are paying to get their ads shown to those that are most likely to respond to them by buying, thus giving those companies money for their investment.

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vBulletin.com's password database hack gives forum admins the jitters

DryBones

Sophisticated Attack

http://www.xkcd.com/327/

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Coroner suggests cars should block mobile phones

DryBones
Terminator

Yes well...

The coroner can recommend all he wants, anyone of sense isn't listening. Unless he has a way to make it so that only devices for the driver of the car don't work, and not any of the passengers, and it doesn't actually interfere with a phone being used for satnav, doesn't interfere with emergency calls, oh and isn't afoul of any laws making it a crime to jam communications, this tosser can sod off.

Seems to me like all those speed cameras need to be repurposed into "twit on phone while driving" cameras .

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PlayStation daddy on new PS4: She's ALL 'PLAY', NO 'Station' this time

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Pint

AMD reverse engineered the Intel 386

Looks like they've been stealing from each other for a bit, now. Whatever.

http://www.techspot.com/article/599-amd-rise-and-fall/

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AIR TIME! Our expert cosies up with the new top-end iPad

DryBones

Flash Impression

"Huh. That looks just like my old (first generation) Nexus 7."

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Google RIPS aside curtain, exposes Nexus 5 phone, KitKat Android 4.4 coupling

DryBones
Happy

Re: Nice phone

"Nice phone for people that don't want an iPhone..."

There, fixed it for you.

Actually, I've suggested one to a friend with an iPhone for playing with. SIM comes out of one, into the other and away you go. It's a nice, inexpensive, no-contact way to try out what Android is really all about, without carrier and manufacturer cruft detracting from the experience.

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Re: no sd card=fail

If rumors are right the Nexus 5 packs USB OTG support, so you just get a little adapter cable and plug in your thumb drive. Or your terabyte external drive of anime, depending. It's on my to-try list for when mine gets here, anyway.

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DryBones

I've traveled cross-country (with phone) before, and it didn't complain a bit when I checked mail, thus why I think it may be using the phone as a sanity check.

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DryBones

Aside from the fact that you likely log in from that computer with that IP address (your computer can send a surprising amount of information about itself without you being aware, you're being afraid of the instances where it's working for you?), there's this thing called location awareness.

Once I was testing out a VPN provider with my laptop, for a giggle I told it to route me to an exit point on the other side of the country. As soon as I tried to check Gmail, I got emails and text messages about possible fraudulent access. Why? My phone was in my pocket where I really was, Google looked at where it said it was, where the IP address I was trying to get from my mail seemed to hail from, and threw the flag.

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Re: Bahh!

The power button also wakes the screen so you can unlock it. It is placed where you can reach it with the pad of your thumb or index finger when holding it naturally. You like making some unnatural, complicated move with a finger (in order to stab the power button with your fingernail) why, exactly?

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MongoDB slurps $150m in mammoth funding round

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And why not? It worked in Blazing Saddles...

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