* Posts by Joe Harrison

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Googley TENTACLES reach towards YOUR email

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You can do something similar even without your own domain. Add a + at the end of the local part.

For example, messages sent to jane.doe+notes@gmail.com are delivered to jane.doe@gmail.com

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Life after Nokia: Microsoft Lumia 640 budget WinPho blower

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Only 80 quid if you already have suitable SIM

Pay as you go upgrade http://www.hotukdeals.com/visit?m=35&q=2184433

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This open-source personal crypto-key vault wants two things: To make the web safer ... and your donations

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They haven't made it easy

A gadget like this is exactly what I need, but bank transfer to Sweden is quite expensive in fees isn't it? Could have been paypal or something more convenient.

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SPY FRY: Smart meters EXPLODE in Californian power surge

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Smart meters are for one thing

When the power generating capacity starts to run out it means rolling blackouts. Smart meters mean selective rolling blackouts - home A can be targetted while leaving the power on in home B. What could possibly go wrong :(

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The coming of DAB+: Stereo eluded the radio star

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Satellite

In the UK an ordinary Sky dish and a cheap receiver gets a huge number of radio stations with proper sound quality. Even more if you use a 60cm dish pointed at say Hotbird 13.0E. I can't believe anyone would bother with DAB apart from portability.

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Just WALK IN and buy an Apple Watch. Are you mad?

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Of course

One does not simply walk into Mordor

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HTC One M9 Android smartphone: Like a M8 with a squinty eye

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Just give people what they want

Not everyone wants exactly the same feature set from a phone and there are the endless wars about removable batteries and do they matter, SD card slots, and so on.

But surely everyone knows what they DON'T want? Weirdo interfaces that are not much like Android, being stranded on old operating systems because the manufacturer reneged on promise of upgrade to the new one, I could go on. Especially nobody wants to upgrade to a phone which is not even as good as the previous. How hard is it to at least get these things right.

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I helped Amazon.com find an XSS hole and all I got was this lousy t-shirt

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Fiver

I explained to Tesco once that under some circumstances their website would fail to use SSL when serving the "type in your credit card number" checkout page. They sent me a five-quid voucher

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BT Home Hub SIP backdoor blunder blamed for VoIP fraud

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Re: Whats the point of home SIP anyway?

SIP at home works well and the benefits are mainly the cheaper calls. I had the complete Virgin Media package but the monthly bills were horrendous because of the family yakking all day on the expensive VM phone line. After I made a one-off purchase of a Sipura ATA I was massively better off.

I did consider if the new setup implied any extra security adjustments but soon decided it was not worth much effort as my maximum financial exposure would be the balance of a tenner's credit on my Sipgate account.

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Samsung puts eight-core processor IN A WATCH

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what are these watches actually for

To me any watch function that replicates what already happens on your phone is not much use. For example if it displays an incoming SMS on your wrist, OK but so what, you could just look at your phone screen in the traditional way.

A watch definitely has the edge over your phone when it comes to sensing things from your body such as pulse/temperature or movements. If there is a good camera though then that is one more thing; covert recording not so easy using your phone but a lot more natural via your watch.

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Attack of the Digital People: The BBC goes fully Bong

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So true

That comment is absolutely spot on. Next time you meet a hand-waving 2.0 airhead just ask them innocently "Oh sounds great. So what does digital mean?" They go truly spare, especially if you imply that you too are part of the club by sharing with them that "my cooker has a digital clock thing" to demonstrate your own digital creds.

I've hated these people since the 1990s when I was regularly powerpointed-at by wannabee grandees of the "Information Superhighway".

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Forget viruses: Evil USB drive 'fries laptops with a power surge'

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Re: USB in the wall, equivalent of a glory hole or bath house.

New York must be a safe and orderly place; round here the youf would bash em off the wall before the cement was dry.

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UK call centre linked to ‘millions’ of nuisance robo-calls raided by ICO

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What really annoys me

When you are roaming outside the UK it actually costs money to answer one of these calls.

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Crap employers banned from enforcing backdoor crim records checks

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Re: Checks for people running activities in community hall

What is the point of such a check? The crafty ones don't get caught in the first place. If you had tried it on a certain notorious BBC presenter he would just have shown you his nice clean record.

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Rosetta probe to try contact with Philae lander on Thursday

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Re: i hope it works

No it probably is the right term. I was on an electric train early one winter morning when the power failed and we came to a stop and sat in the dark. We cheered when after a while the lights came back on but the driver announced we still could not go just yet as the train required ten minutes to boot up.

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Google open-sources HTTP/2-based RPC framework

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Re: Performant...

You're technically correct but surely it's one of those words like "truthiness" that somehow in your heart you want them to be real?

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Gemalto: NSA, GCHQ hacked us – but didn't snatch crucial SIM keys

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Re: How do SIM cards work

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subscriber_identity_module#Authentication_key_.28K

Thanks for that... not very secure then by modern crypto standards. Although maybe the design decision made sense years ago with low-powered phone CPUs of the time.

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How do SIM cards work

I thought smartcards typically generated private keys onboard and would not release them outside the card. You could only give the card something to sign or encrypt then it would give it back to you. How were there any key copies available to steal?

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SSL-busting adware: US cyber-plod open fire on Comodo's PrivDog

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Re: If I were a layman

It was only nasty cheapo SSL certificates which were busted. Up until now this was fixed by extra-cost extra-trustworthy certificates which displayed a green splodge for higher security.

Unfortunately the extra-cost certificates are now busted as well, but don't worry as you will soon be able to get extra-extra-cost certificates with a gold splodge.

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Lenovo to customers: We only just found out about this Superfish vuln – remove it NOW

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Avast anti-virus

Avast also does something like this to intercept your SSL traffic. I uninstalled it after I found out but I had previously been running it for quite a long time, and I am the sort of person who quite often does actually check certificates when connecting to SSL sites. I didn't investigate how Avast avoids certificate errors it but if you are a user you might want to look carefully at your config.

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Why IP telephony is about more than just saving money

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Re: Wait... what?

This certainly is old stuff but there are a couple of new angles...

VOIP clienting needs reasonable processing power and I would say that it's only recently that your average smartphone has got enough CPU to do it properly. Yes I too was bodging it on a PDA in 2004 but a modern phone does it much better.

In 2015 wi-fi providers have started to be more aware of traffic optimisation. Some hotels and coffee shops seem to be able to prevent me from registering Csipsimple with my SIP gateway. Skype-Out seems a more difficult problem for them.

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(Re)touching on a quarter-century of Adobe Photoshop

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There is always a mysterious third-party

When I was doing web design in 1997 I had a choice - either get my boss to pay a fortune for Photoshop 6, or use JASC Paintshop Pro 3.0 free off the Computer Shopper cover CD. I got very good at Paintshop Pro and still use it, even now post-Corel.

Intriguing to hear how the product name came about as a casual suggestion from the unknown someone who was not really involved. History is littered with such people who drift by and change the course of history, from George Washington's "mysterious visitor" to Coleridge's "person from Porlock."

When I invent the time machine in 2023 I am definitely going back to 1988 and helpfully suggest the name "Photoshop" to them.

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Samsung's spying smart TVs don't encrypt voice recordings sent over the internet – new claim

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Says it all

http://www.joyoftech.com/joyoftech/joyarchives/2104.html

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Are you ready to ditch the switchboard and move to IP telephony?

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What about mobile?

I use A&A "SIP2SIM" - you get a rather unusual SIM card for your mobile which connects you *only* to the SIP server of your choice. You are then responsible for any gatewaying out to the actual PSTN. I am merely a satisfied customer etc. etc.

www.aa.net.uk/telecoms-sip2sim.html

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Death knell for Windows with Bing, licences carved up

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Windows With Bing is great

The zero license fee means lower price, for example the insanely good value Linx 8 tablets. Decent hardware, Windows 8.1, a year's Office 365, and 1TB of cloud storage for 70-90 quid, no wonder they have been flying off the shelves.

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Keyless vehicle theft suspects cuffed after key Met Police, er, 'lockdown'

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Re: Microdots ?

What if the crooks get their own bucket of random microdots and overwrite the real ones?

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First look: Ordnance Survey lifts kimono on next-gen map app

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YAMA(Y)

Yet Another Map App (Yawn)

They built their business on taxpayers' money and have got a nerve charging as much as they do. I bet it nearly killed them to make this app even partially free. They are a stodgy lot and have woken up too late to every smartphone already having enough maps.

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Big Data, empty bellies: How supermarkets tweak prices just for the sake of YOUR LOVE

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dead right

"the customer decision to spend their hard earned cash is more about coalescence around certain values"

That's exactly right, I go to the supermarket for a good old coalesce. It only LOOKS like I am heading straight for the "nearly-expired" section to see what's reduced.

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Hey kids! If you vote Facebook will give you EXTRA LIKES*

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My kids would vote for Putin if they could

Really! So would their mates from what I see. You might say the bad-ass image is just PR but they compare with Cameron/Milliband and it works for them.

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GROUPTHINK HIVE MIND informs climate change believers

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I don't know for sure but...

I don't know anything about planetary climatology, how the weather works, or anything like that. So I also have genuinely no idea whether "global warming caused by humans" is true or not true.

However - the idea seemed to come from nowhere and provided the perfect excuse for the introduction of yet another tax ("carbon tax") by people I don't trust. This does tend to colour my judgement quite a lot. Follow the money.

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Spent the weekend watching Game of Thrones? You're a FAT LONELY SADDO

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Re: The Reg RSS feed knows me too well

I play them at 8x with the sound off while I'm asleep, you can get through most TV shows amazingly quickly that way with no loss of quality.

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Smartphones merge into homogeneous mass as 'flagship fatigue' bites

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Obvious

Phones all do basically the same things. Beyond a certain point paying more will not give you a better camera better or more accurate GPS. Being seen to afford a very posh car can make people pay for the flashpig model but I'm not sure the same really works for mobile phones.

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Switch it off and on again: How peers failed to sneak Snoopers' Charter into terror bill

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Jobhunting

Hi everyone! Wouldn't mind a new job. Want something part-time and it must have comfy office with free food, but also lots of trips out to exciting places. Must be well-paid. My CV? well I don't know anything much about any of this modern thingy but hope this isn't a blocker!!1! Any suggestions where I could be looking?

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Great Firewall of China blasts DDoS attacks at random IP addresses

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Re: Simple Solution

Not sure that is true and I don't think they really want to be completely isolated. If they did they could just pull the plug, end of. Of course this would severely damage the rest of the world's ability to buy stuff from China, which would presumably be seen as a bad thing. Really they want their cake and eat it with an internet that only does things they agree with.

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Spavined RadioShack to file for bankruptcy next month – report

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Paired vices

I once had an urgent call to fix a printer in Scunthorpe because they couldn't do the paired vices. WTF? They repeated it several times but I was too polite to tell them I had no idea what they were talking about. Eventually "You know, the paired vice slip you get in your wage packet..."

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Hollywood vs hackers: Vulture cracks Tinseltown keyboard cornballs

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Genius

"...like a mad hybrid of Mavis Beacon and Rick Wakeman" :)

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Node.js fork io.js hits version 1.0 – but don't call it production-ready

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Re: beyond moronic

I know, to avoid confusion we could change the name to "LiveScript"?

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It's 4K-ing big right now, but it's NOT going to save TV

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too complex

I was in the telly department at Costco the other day and they had TV sets from a few hundred to a few thousand pounds. I was surprised at the differences in picture display but none of them actually looked fantastic to me. Maybe it's my eyes but they all look flickery especially when there is a lot of movement going on.

Oh yes and the "smart" factor bothers me - having paid for it I would feel obligated to use it, but wasn't there some news recently about smart TVs phoning home to the mothership?

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Google casts about for wireless audio

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Re: Bluetooth

Bluetooth audio normally does sound like an underwater potato yes. However when you are using the APTX codec it is much better and sounds like a high quality MP3. The trouble is that Bluetooth stacks so complex that getting APTX to work is elven wizardry. It works on one of my W7 PCs with a cheap dongle, but doesn't work on my other W7 PC with an identical cheap dongle.

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Whew, US cellcos... Better find a new revenue stream, QUICK

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When will they learn

People will pay for fast, reliable, and cheap network connectivity, and also for efficient customer service when things go wrong. But that is about it and nobody cares about the network operator's brand image or anything else.

Everyone is tired of the convoluted tariff structures and other sneaky tricks - the networks should face reality they are bit pipes and that's all.

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30 years ago today, the first commercial UK 'mobile' phone call was made

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Nothing changed

My first phone was a Motorola 4500 hardwired into the car. It was not new it was some sort of dodgy refurb that a mate in the trade had got from somewhere. That did not stop Nokia-Mobira from trying to "subsidise" it; when I read the small print they wanted me to sign a TEN YEAR contract!

The next one was the standard 8500x brickphone and I remember being at the checkout queue in Safeway when it rang. Everything stopped and what felt like the entire shop just looked at me while I red-facedly gabbled "call you back later" into it.

A later favourite was a star-tac thing on Mercury One2One because after 7PM local calls were free. Of course the network used to crash at 7:01 :(

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Easy Tinder prank hack lets you play stupid cupid

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Advanced state-level adversary technique

"His session is in his browser cookies. You get his Facebook.com cookies, you get his session."

Wow! Leaving your session open allows people to do bad things and impersonate you. Who knew.

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A first look at Google’s Android Studio 1.0: Climbing out of the Eclipse kitchen sink

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Re: hooray

Bad form to reply to oneself but be aware Android Studio doesn't like being behind an NTLM proxy either, will not even start!

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hooray

The combination of Eclipse and Android SDK drove me crazy. Updates are a broken and semi-manual process if you are behind a corporate proxy requiring NTLM credentials. Considering that at least one update seemed to be needed every time I started Eclipse I am very happy to see the back of it all.

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Skinny Ubuntu Linux 'Snapped' up by fat Microsoft cloud

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Microsoft backing Linux

Deeply impossible things are happening.I knew I shouldn't have eaten those mushrooms I found in the woods :(

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Is EU right to expand 'right to be forgotten' to Google.com?

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how does it work in reverse

For example alcohol is illegal in some countries. When someone located in one of those countries finds your ilovebooz-hic.eu site and complains, then what, do you have to take it offline or censor it somehow?

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Eat FATTY FOODS to stay THIN. They might even help your heart

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ominous

I have never exactly been a junk-food junkie but I have certainly eaten my share of pizzas and "things in packets". What has finally prodded me into serious care about my diet has been that I keep hearing "oh noes the doc told me I had diabetes" from my mates and contemporaries. It's one thing reading that in the news but quite something else from people you know and who are maybe younger than you.

After a lot of reading and crap-filtering I came to the conclusion that actually caring about what you eat is the key rather than trying to make sense of conflicting research studies. Incidentally I have come to distrust any food statements from "nutritionists" (anyone can award themselves that title) unlike "dietician" who have serious clinical qualifications.

No matter how much you might identify yourself as a permanent jaffa cake snacker you know in your heart what it is doing to you. Just switch your common sense on and if this is difficult picture yourself having treatment somewhere for your overloaded pancreas.

Finally, do some exercise and if you're not hungry don't eat (sounds obvious but isn't).

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Lights OUT for Philae BUT slumbering probot could phone home again as comet nears Sun

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Didn't you get the memo? This is being done on the cheap. You're thinking of Optimus Primark.

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Cloud skills certification can add zeros to your pay cheque

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Certs not so bad

There's nothing wrong with certificates as such. If you need your botnet herd looked after properly then wouldn't you rather have someone who's studied his socks off and is now a Certified Botnet Shepherd?

Unfortunately where the model falls down is that nothing in the IT biz stays the same for long. The "getting the right certificate" cycle is longer than the "what's hot this week" cycle and people can't be expected to run looking over their shoulder on a permanent certification treadmill.

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Finnish PM: Apple has DESTROYED FINLAND

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Finland is different

I used to work for a Finnish tech company and to my mind their single most difficult characteristic was inability to admit when something was not working.

Pointing out a deficiency in your own company's product or strategy was tantamount to high treason so of course nobody did. There were probably plenty of people in Nokia who knew what was wrong they just didn't dare stand up and say so.

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