* Posts by RAMChYLD

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Typo in case-sensitive variable name cooked Google's cloud

RAMChYLD

Re: @ ben edwards

Ah, so you're a Hungarian style programmer!

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VTech's Android tablet for kids 'hopelessly insecure'

RAMChYLD

Re: Golly Gee Whiz - If they (the kids) have nothing to hide..

I like to think of it more as a service. VTech's own Android store is piss if you don't live in the US or UK, every frigging app except for VTech's own is blocked off (due to "licensing issues", or whatever the BPI/BFI/MPAA/RIAA wants us to believe- yeah, so just because we're not in the US or UK, we're not allowed to download that Doc McStuffins eBook, or apps featuring other famous cartoon characters in general, while the very same apps are otherwise available on Amazon or Google Play at where I am?). If I want to sideload Amazon's appstore, getjar or even Google Play itself and get my apps on there, I should have the rights to. Same applies to Leapfrog's competing Epic tab.

As for the MicroSD card, I'd prefer it. These things only have a sad 8GB of storage on it. Hardly enough for the MP3 stash.

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Windows 10 pilot rollouts will surge in early 2016, says Gartner

RAMChYLD
FAIL

Nope

Microsoft recently backtracked and removed the November 2015 fresh install ISO from their website and rolled back the Media Creation Tool so that it will only create RTM July 2015 ISOs. Imo that is the most stupid move ever. Their explaination is that from now on these upgrades will only be deployed via Windows Update.

When I upgraded to the November 2015 update via Windows Update, it initially gave me issues to no end. Not only did it take all night to install, it left me with a unusable system, which BSODs anytime I tried to start a program, gave me a never-ending stream of "missing msvc100.dll" errors, and hosed AMD QuickStream as a whole (kept saying something about the license key being invalid, despite there being no license key to input at all). And oh, it got rid of my antimalware program, SpyBot-SD, for no reason. I fresh-installed via the ISO and the problems never surfaced, suggesting a major flaw with Windows 10's upgrade procedure.

I'd be readying the popcorn for the next upgrade which is said to be planned for next July. With all those BSODing and no way to do a fresh install, Microsoft will be setting themselves up for the biggest barbecue in history. Sadly, my laptop will again be among those affected, but I figured I can go to Linux when that happens.

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Microsoft rolls out first 'major update' to Windows 10

RAMChYLD

Re: Windows 10 works just fine

I have a common machine, and Windows 10 cannot run on it. Phenom II rig with nForce980a motherboard with a pair of GTX650 Ti Boosts. The rub comes in that the onboard GeForce 8100 which I have been using for CUDA cannot work in tandem with the 650 Ti Boosts. Microsoft insists on installing two separate video driver packages, of which only one can be active at a given time. This means that if I choose to use the 650 Ti Boosts, I cannot use the 8100, and if I choose the 8100, well, broken system- the motherboard is an Asus M4N98TD-Evo- which left the 8100 active but not have any video headers whatsoever- Asus expects one to use the 8100 only for CUDA. The last working driver for the system is 341.44, the exclusive 341 drivers for Win10 strangely omits supporting anything newer than GeForce300 cards, while the newer 350 drivers offered for the 650 Ti Boosts omit support for the 8100. If I install 341.44 for Windows 8.1, it will only get undone as Microsoft will smugly "try to help" by upgrading my drivers automatically every now and then given that Win10 does not allow one to turn of automatic updates, even if it's drivers. It seems that my only resolve is to downgrade the 650Ti Boosts to the pair of 260 GTXes in the store room (and even that I don't know how well it would go, I think the 260 have overheated and burnt out given the frequency of BSODs and graphical glitches on them- why I threw them aside for 450s and then 650s).

And oh, regarding the SBZ comment above, it's more or less the same issue with the X-Fi Platinum. Except that even digital passthrough doesn't work.

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RAMChYLD

Here you go: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3080351

Google and 10 minutes. Not sure why this entry wasn't showing at the top of the page.

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RAMChYLD

Re: W00t!

Except that they pulled the music and movie store from Malaysia shortly before and Cortana is still not available (but is available in India?!? WTH?).

Also, it rolled the graphics card drivers on my laptop back to pre-release July 15th, 2015 ones (that's my main beef with Windows 10. AMD released updated drivers on August 3rd and again on August 21st. Windows keeps pushing the July 15th drivers despite the drivers being already newer). Also, it did something to the drivers- AMD Quickstream keeps complaining that it couldn't find the license to operate the software.

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Pause Patch Tuesday downloads, buggy code can kill Outlook

RAMChYLD
Coat

I won't be surprised...

If this is a thinly-veiled ploy tp force folks to upgrade to Office 2016.

The one with the CD-R containing Libreoffice in the pocket, thanks.

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Is the world ready for a bare-metal OS/2 rebirth?

RAMChYLD

Re: Good times...

Dust off Odin and bring 64-bit support to it?

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XcodeGhost attack tapped into dev distaste for Apple's Gatekeeper

RAMChYLD

Re: Let me see...

It's not only China, it's all of Asia.

I'm in Malaysia. I recently had to download a XCode update. It was 3.2GB, and it took several hours even over a 20mbps FTTH line. I've already did speed tests, etc. Connection to all countries except Singapore is fine. But connection to Singapore gets throttled to an abysmal 2Mbps, often less.

I also have a router that could show who's connecting where on the network. Guess where Apple is forcing the download to come from.

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Disney's light-bulb moment: build TCP into LEDs for IoT comms

RAMChYLD
Facepalm

Prior art?

Flashing LEDs? Surely the humble TV remote was there decades before this. Also, I remember that there was a toy in the market that received cues of what to say from the TV by registering slight brightness variations on the picture from a sensor in the eye of the toy?

Headache, because rapidly flashing lights will do this to you in a long run.

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I want my EPG, say Windows Media Center users left in dire straits

RAMChYLD

Rovi

Is the new name for the company we all love to hate- Macrovision.

I can imagine that they nobbled the information on purpose. After all, they don't want you recording stuff so the MPAA can force you to download what you missed for a fee on Netflix.

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MORE Windows 10 bugs! Too many Start menu apps BREAK it

RAMChYLD
Facepalm

Re: Ermmmmm

But doesn't Windows 8 have the same issue? I put a plethora of dev programs on my lappy and then installed Visual Studio, and the darn shortcut isn't showing up in the start screen even though checking the start menu folder shows that it's there. I was in fact hoping that the problem would go away with Win10...

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Wake up, sheeple! If you ask Siri about 9/11 it will rat you out to the police!

RAMChYLD
Facepalm

Re: Date order

Except that that number happens to be the emergency number in Japan -.-

http://www.tokyo-icc.jp/guide_eng/kinkyu/01.html

Why can't we all just agree on 999?

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RAMChYLD

Re: 9/11?

"I thought it was 991?!"

Nah, over here 991 puts you through to civil protection. 999 calls the police and ambulances, and 994 calls the fire brigade (although that number is now defunct and 999 can also connect you to your the fire station).

http://malaysia.angloinfo.com/inside/emergency-numbers/

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RAMChYLD

Re: Which is why @Charles 9

And then there's paper, ie Letter vs A4, which I could swear was just being used to region-lock the printers (for example, the Epson ActionPrinter 3260 in the states vs the Epson LQ-100 elsewhere. The only difference being the paper tray dimensions and the power transformer inside).

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Samsung caught disabling Windows Update to run its own bloatware

RAMChYLD

Re: meh...

Honestly, to me they joined the club when they started region-locking their cellphones so that you can't use a phone from one country with a sim card from another, all in the interest of forcing you to use roaming while maintaining an illusion that their phone is not region-locked.

http://www.androidcentral.com/heres-how-region-locking-works-european-samsung-galaxy-s5

I don't care if it will unlock after 5 minutes, region-locking is region locking.

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RAMChYLD

Re: solution?

This is normally my modus operandi too (although I'd also buy a new hard drive with the laptop, just so I can swap out and put the old one back in if I needed it for warranty purposes). Unfortunately with my latest laptop Asus seems to have done some sort of black magic with it, I can't install Windows 7 without turning off UEFI (which I refuse to because I want to use GPT partitioning), the boot disk keeps freezing at the "Starting Windows" screen.

And well, Linux won't cut it. I'm very tempted, but the video chipset of the laptop won't be able to run games in Wine smoothly enough. and I do want to play games on this laptop. And well, it does the same thing with Linux as well. The Ubuntu logo appears animates, then freezes up. If I make it boot into command line with a minimalist bootCD like the Clonezilla LiveCD, it will only boot to completion if I specify "vga=normal". Anything else will cause the video freeze.

In the interest of full disclosure tho, the laptop has AMD Enduro.

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What is this river nonsense? Give .amazon to Bezos, says US Congress

RAMChYLD

Re: If we need .$river domains,...

You know what? You have a point.

We should have a .river domain so those who wants a website for their river could do so. And Amazon can keep their silly domain. It's not like those domains are going to be recognized by every DNS anyway.

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Spaniard sues eBay over right to sell the Sun

RAMChYLD
Coffee/keyboard

Re: Prior claim

Are you Galactus or Unicron?

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Fedora 22: Don't be glum about the demise of Yum – this is a welcome update

RAMChYLD
Coat

Re: DNF

I thought it meant "Duke Nukem Forever".

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Mozilla finds a way to tunnel Firefox into iOS

RAMChYLD

Uh...

"it's hard to see how an iOS version of Android is going to turn things around. ®"

So, how are you going to get Android onto iOS?

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Google patents DEVIL TOY which will BRAINWASH KIDS

RAMChYLD

Re: Prior Art

+1. Thousands of toys (especially toys released only in Japan) already do what's described in the patent. The controversial Hello Barbie and those Interactive Story Buddies from Hallmark are some example. Going further back we have Cindy Smart (remember that?).

On the other hand, we at least know Google is trying to make Google Panda a reality.

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Microsoft discontinues Media Center with Windows 10

RAMChYLD

Your lost, Microsoft.

At least we still have Kodi.

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Fandroids, take your phone's antivirus and burn it – Android bod

RAMChYLD
Coat

Re: Common sense

Yes, but that's because outside of a handful of countries, clicking on the Windows App Store gives you a message saying that it's not available in your country. And thus people return their phones within a day of finding out it's only good as a doorstop in that country, preferably for a device that does have a functioning app store in their country.

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Singapore's PM personally programmed C++ Suduko-solver

RAMChYLD

Open data

They need to do that. The country's internet censorship is one of the two things I don't like about it (the other being national service- although if they allow conscientious objection, I wouldn't object).

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Google: Go ahead, XP stalwarts, keep on using Chrome safely all YEAR

RAMChYLD

"when you could put OpenBSD on the same hardware and have a much better web browsing experience."

Unless that OpenBSD box has a SiS or S3 Savage video chipset, in which then you're hosed. Ditto for Linux. the X Drivers for those are in a state of disrepair.

Don't get me wrong, I'm a OpenBSD and Linux advocate with multiple converts under my belt. It's just that I'm frustrated that some of the maintainers think that the X drivers are not worth maintaining just because the chipset is now relatively rare. I would love to chip in, but I don't know anything about developing drivers.

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Locally Integrated Menus back on Vivid Vervet’s menu

RAMChYLD

As I mentioned before, I've been using SystemD under 14.10, under the misconception that it was 14.10 that switched to SystemD. Since I did a very weird update method (change all instances of trusty to utopic in all repos and then do a big dist-upgrade instead), I thought that upstart didn't get upgraded and so I manually replaced upstart with SystemD. There's a few kinks, but I heard that those have been fixed in Vivid, so fingers crossed.

My only beef with SystemD is the still that one issue that if I do a base-only system install and then add X, a desktop environment and a desktop manager later, it wouldn't autolaunch the DM unless I go deep into the system and remove a file, and then put a symlink in it's place (I think the file was called default.target or something along the lines). Why the package manager didn't change the file when a DM and X was installed is beyond me, nor why there isn't a utility to do it for me.

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Tennessee sues FCC: Giving cities free rein to provide their own broadband is 'unlawful'

RAMChYLD

I'd say...

These assholes (the government of the state of Tennessee) that's suing the FCC was paid by Cumca$t and other I$Ps.

Cumcast and Verizon should back down. Not everyone is stupid. This is just another step of theirs to squash net neutrality.

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Can your code survive crappy 2G? This open-source traffic controller will test it

RAMChYLD

2G?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but the screenshot shows a minimum of 100kbps down- iirc real 2G (GPRS) was 64kbps down, 48kbps in real world scenarios due to overhead. Dial up 2G was even worse (I remember my Mitsubishi Trium - 14.4kbps connection before overhead because it needed to dial an arbitrary WAP gateway number instead of doing things over GPRS- because GPRS apparently didn't exist then, only GSM. Those were the days). I remember using it to check Hotmail and making a reply, and do a Google search several times through the period I owned that phone. Blew my mind then, and looking back, it blows my mind all over on how usable 14.4kbps actually was on a monochrome device with a 96x64 resolution at that time. Nowadays, 64kbps on GPRS means only Opera Mini works and even then surfing the net involves waiting quite a bit.

Yes, I still fall to 64kbps every now and then. Bloody ISP throttles me down to GPRS speed when I run out of quota...

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Summer bust-up expected with new Apple TV and Roku coming onstream

RAMChYLD

And the point is?

These kits make no difference to those living in Malaysia- where the only thing that's remotely usable is the Apple TV (and even then you can only get movies and not TV shows). All the other provider block Malaysia (and much of Asia off) just because.

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Panda antivirus labels itself as malware, then borks EVERYTHING

RAMChYLD

Re: anti-virus labels itself as malware, borks EVERYTHING

I thought Symantec did back in '06 or sometime around then. Borked my Win98 machine it did. And booting into Safe Mode and removing it screwed up my sound card drivers too.

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Mattel urged to scrap Wi-Fi mic Barbie after Register investigation

RAMChYLD

So....

You let your kids use Siri, but you raise a fuss at this?

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Tastier Lollipops for chosen few as Google releases Android 5.1

RAMChYLD

Multi-Sim

But my dad's Lenovo A316i (Android JB 4.2.2) already does Multi-Sim. How is this new?

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Bite my shiny metal Ask: Java for OS X crapware storm brewing

RAMChYLD

So...

Will we see GCJ come back to active development after this? I'd sure like to.

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Grab your pitchforks: Ubuntu to switch to systemd on Monday

RAMChYLD

Well, I made the switch early...

Out of the impression that they switched to SystemD with Unchanging^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^HUtopic. So far, it has broke the statistics screen that's supposed to pop up when you log on as root. That, and a painful 5-minute freeze that occurs at random when shutting down the machine. Other than that it seems to be okay- although I expect that if I do a text-only install and install a desktop later, I'll be in for it later given my experiences with Arch and OpenSuSE.

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Google Chrome suffers brain freeze on Android Ice Cream Sandwich

RAMChYLD

Re: Moving on..

I can vouch that HTC is a piece of crap.

Releases Gingerbread device during the era of Ice Cream Sandwich, and immediately drops support after.

The HTC ChaCha just isn't giving me the mileage I expect out of it. Even my ancient Nokia N97 outlived the damn ChaCha. And now I've moved on to Blackberry (because they were the only ones still making Qwerty keyboard phones). Just got a 10.3.1 update a few days ago- it was a PITA to install, and still has some glitches, but was worth it.

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Windows XP's market share grows AGAIN!

RAMChYLD

Keep calm

It's just folks installing XP in a VM so they can run some apps that refuses to work under 7 and beyond, as well as some retrocomputing enthusiasts having some fun trolling webservers.

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Have it all: BlackBerry to port crown jewels to iPhone, Android

RAMChYLD

Full circle

I remember running Documents To Go on my PalmOS 5.2-based Sony Clie back in '01, and on my Nokia N97 back in '09 as well. Good ol' days. Glad Blackberry has seen the light and decided to make it multi-platform again.

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Your hard drives were RIDDLED with NSA SPYWARE for YEARS

RAMChYLD

Wait

So the malware on the firmware is a DLL, a Win32 library. If it was forced upon an OpenBSD or Linux system, wouldn't that caused the system to crash or fail to boot immediately?

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Blu-ray region locks popped by hardware hacker

RAMChYLD

Re: And they wonder why we pirate?

You don't live in a country where shows are not brought in because the TV stations and distributors are dickheads who love inane brain-melting crap TV shows and hate actual intellectual shows, don't you?

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FCC will vote to cut off 41 million broadband users this Thursday*

RAMChYLD

Re: horse and cart

Don't need 25mbps? Sounds like someone has a slice of the pie in the CD/DVD/Blu-Ray manufacturing industry...

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RAMChYLD

Re: Seems they've forgotten what "broadband" actually means

But doesn't fiber has lower latency than copper? I've seen a large difference in Team Fortress 2 (hundreds of ms with 1Mbps DSL vs 7ms with 20Mbps fiber, to a server in the same country). Unless the latency delay was introduced on purpose by the DSL provider with the purpose of screwing the game up and slowing down the connection...

And as any gamer can tell you, in first-person and RTS gaming, speed is second to latency.

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Fanbois to gamebois: Apple paperwork reveals iOS FUNPAD

RAMChYLD

Re: Another prior art work

> Unless Logitech can show that their solution is totally different OR has a prior

> date to this application then there is nothing for them to gain from starting

> a case against Apple.

Ah, I miss that part. Must be the lack of coffee and the fact that I'm fighting against the urge for an afternoon siesta. Still, that means Apple have a strong case to have the patent granted- by licensing out the designs before the patent was even granted.

> I wonder how many sizes it will come in, and will we have to buy a new one

> for each new generation of iThing.

I suspect only iPhone/iPod and iPhone Plus - given how Apple is also pushing a more traditional gamepad design (ie said SteelSeries Stratus) for the Apple TV and iPad. And well, I suspect the Bluetooth ones will at least last across several generations.

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RAMChYLD

Another prior art work

Logitech did release something like that for the iPhone two years ago.

http://gaming.logitech.com/en-my/product/powershell-controller-and-battery

One wonders why Logitech hasn't sued Apple for trying to claim ownership of their idea yet.

Or if Nintendo should sue because Apple copied the SNES "XABY" button layout.

On the side note, iOS8.1 game controller support is horribly buggy. I have a SteelSeries Stratus and the controller lags and sometimes repeats button presses. Did a quick search and noted that I'm not the only one with the issue. Also, my bluetooth keyboard exhibits the same glitches, including lag, repeat button presses, and even frequent disconnect...

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Spavined RadioShack to file for bankruptcy next month – report

RAMChYLD

Oh dear

Paying that huge check to Weird Al for that ad didn't help.

How about they try slashing the price of their goods? 6 fricking Malaysian Ringgits for a single LED bulb is overdoing it, especially when you can get those from lesser shops at one Ringgit a for pack of 20.

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VPN users reckon Netflix is blocking them

RAMChYLD

Re: Whatever happened to the 'global' economy...

Exactly my thought- the internet is going backwards. Back in 1997, I could watch Internet TV from anywhere, listen to Internet radio from anywhere. Every TV station that could afford a fast internet connection was streaming online, nevermind that Real(Crappy)Player, the biggest purveyor of streaming software, produced streams that looked like you're watching through a foggy window while listening to the audio through a walkie talkie where the other person was almost out of range most of the time, and the competitors like VivoVideo were no better. What counts was that the world was awesome. Then things changed. Nowadays I can't watch anything at all- most of the awesome sites now throw up "you're not from my country, get out!" messages or something to that extent when I try to watch videos on the site.

Bring back 1997- where everything was accessible anywhere. I don't care if the videos look and sound like crap and I get kicked off the net every time someone picks up the phone. I want to see the shows I loved again.

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RAMChYLD

Re: Shocking

Try Malaysia, which gives you a crappy screen saying that it won't be in the country for the forseeable future. Ie- the item count in the catalog is precisely zero.

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TCL confirms plans to 'bring back' Palm – provided you tell it how

RAMChYLD

> Just make sure that the "new" one is software compatible with the old.

Sadly tho, as mentioned, WebOS isn't on the cards, so that's a no-go. Then again, I never did have many apps for my Sony Clié UX50, so it doesn't bother me at all.

However, they could make it run Sailfish, Firefox OS, Ubuntu Mobile or Replicant...

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Pitch Black: New BlackBerry Classic is aimed at the old-school

RAMChYLD

Re: Also

Well, I noticed on 10.2.1 that highlighting the date at the top of the messages selects all messages under the date, so maybe that's the key to quicker deletion?

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RAMChYLD
Boffin

Re: Tell me...

Well, no,. you can't. I have paid apps on Google Play too (which I ditched with the HTC ChaCha- stupid POS phone, only thing they got right was the QWERTY keyboard). I recently sideloaded Amazon AppStore onto my Q5- and nope, I had to re-buy stuff I've already bought on the Play Store. On a side note tho, you can try sideloading Snap, which allegedly gives you access to the Play Store and your old apps tho. Although you have to think it through- do you really want to give a third party proxy service your Google password?

Blackberry World has a few Android apps too, but they're mostly crapware or badly outdated (ie eBay. Apparently no one told them that 10.2.1 supports newer versions of the their Android app).

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