* Posts by Hellcat

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Last flying Avro Vulcan, XH558, prepares for her swan song

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Once in a lifetime, nay, eternity event

I was part of the crowd at RAF Waddington who witnessed the last 2 flying Avro Lancasters meet the last flying Avro Vulcan. I feel more than just a little sad to know this will never. ever, happen again, but very happy to know that I was there to see, hear, smell and feel these incredible aircraft passing by.

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Airplane HACK PANIC! Hold on, it's surely a STORM in a TEACUP

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Re: Hrumph

Better watch out for more from DEFCON this year given the security incident.

DEFCON? What is it?

It's a big conference of hackers, but that's not important right now.

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Apple threw its TV out the window after years of research: report

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And in other news...

Man with reportedly $2.5 Billion of Apple shares attempts to drum up interest and raising of Apple share value.

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New Windows 10 Mobile build brings Universal Office Apps to phones

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Re: Are there any insiders with a working Lumia left to test Windows 10 Mobile.

If you're building, or rebuilding your PC that often - how about preparing for it? Slipstream the updates into your build DVD and then you'll not need to spend as much time patching.

http://community.spiceworks.com/how_to/79853-integrate-updates-into-windows-7-installation-media#how_to/79853-integrate-updates-into-windows-7-installation-media

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Stolen an Apple watch? Want to pawn it off? Good news!

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Re: I don't think

Try telling that to Bernie Ecclestone, although I guess he wouldn't be seen dead with a cheap-ass $17,000 watch on his wrist!

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BARMY bio-boffins are growing DINOSAUR SNOUTS on CHICKENS

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If they wanted to see what a dino-hybrid looks like then go no further than the seagull.

Not the weedy in-land seagulls but the super-angry, bite your head off as soon as look at you herring gull. If there ever was a barely evolved dinosaur roaming the planet then this is it. To see one grab a songbird that happend to be hopping past, and neck it down in one was like a real life man-on-the-toilet scene from Jurassic Park. Brutal!

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RAF radar station crew begs public for cash to buy gaming LAN kit

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Re: Priorities

Remain indoors, and remember

Do not think about the event.

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Time to get your babble on: Microsoft opens Skype Translator Preview to all comers

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The Skype Translator Preview is only available for Windows 8.1 users, however. Microsoft says it should also work on the Windows 10 Technical Preview, but attempts to get it up and running on that operating system here in Vulture West have, so far, proved fruitless.

Maybe that was

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Lost in translation? Awwww yeah!

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What to do when the users are watching Nazi dwarf smut at work?

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Re: A bit idiotic

All bounced email goes to the IT manager's inbox? Seems a bit convenient to me.

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Hey! Want a FREE TOASTER that makes BITCOIN? What? You DO?

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That explains that then

If the heat is used for the toasting, and the aim is to run it as often as possible, then what you need is to make the owners want more toast.

Howdy doodly do. How's it going? I'm Talkie, Talkie Toaster, your chirpy breakfast companion. Talkie's the name, toasting's the game. Anyone like any toast?

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Windows 10 hands on: Build 10074 is for the brave - but it's pretty snazzy

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Playing around with Google for Work on my personal device (it's a testbed one, not my *real* one) I was irritated to see that now the device can conflate my personal gMail account with the one needed for work. Not what I want at all.

Crazy as it sounds but this is the purpose of being able to login with a 365 account. No longer will you need to login with a local or account linked to your personal hotmail.com account. You login with your company's 365 account, get their mail, their apps, their cloud storage, their contacts. This is why having the same option for Windows 10 phone is important - or at least some changes to the workplace functionality.

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Re: Office 365 integration

Personally thats the last thing I want. I only want my machines logging into online storage accounts when I want them to - not all the time

Then don't use it?

God forbid someone else may have different usage requirements to you.

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Re: We're all still way behind though...

Happy to see someone else who realises we're not testing a full build. They are changing and testing sections of the build using a common core.

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Re: Office 365 integration

If only they made it easier to find the local account option. Are all four options given in the same place or do you have to look for a link in 3 point font in order to create a local account?

I don't know. It's still in development! Adding a Win 7 machine to a domain is several clicks away, so don't be shocked if you need to 'find' the local account option. But it's not like you're going to have to hack the registry to get to it.

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Office 365 integration

At bloody last!

I hope this translates over to the Win phone also. The multiple Microsoft single-signon options for the same products was a significant pain in the arse for small businesses trying to make sense of it all.

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Intel has ambitions to turn modems into virtual servers and reinvent broadband

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For everyone wearing tin hats

...worrying about people hijacking your modem/router server, or having <insert favourite 3/4 letter acronym here> backdooring - how many of you have reviewed the hardware and sowftware of your existing dumb modem/router? Since we're just recently hearing of backdoors baked into existing dumb modems, it's likely they all have some of these vunerabilities that we just don't know about.

A massive increase of potential functionality is very tempting, based just on my own testing of a monowall firewall VM which runs on a tiny amount of resources. Private VPNs, VoIP gateways, so many interesting and exciting possibilities.

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Fondleslab deaths grounded ALL of American Airlines' 737s

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The real question is if Toni and Bill are related. If not, what were the chances of them both being on AA flights affected by the ipad crash and both heading to Twitter?

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Apple Watch HATES tattoos: Inky pink sinks rinky-dink sensor

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Well this escalated rapidly...

Dog tags work fine if you die from a gunshot or shrapnel, but not so well when there is nothing left to hang from.

Although having no tattoos myself, I'm firmly in the pro-tat camp.

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Apple to devs: Watch out, don't make the Watch into a, well, a watch

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Zap, darling...

By giving users any ability to customise the device would be "abdicating [their] responsibility as a designer". After all, they know better than us!

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Not so fast on FM switch-off: DAB not so hot say small broadcasters

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Re: TeamRock Radio ditching DAB

They probably mean via any number of streaming apps.

I've always used Tunin radio. Loads of stations, all on a standardised UI and available on almost all platforms including us weird Win phoners. Saves having to download an app per station - providing its not Android and iOS only!

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LenovOUCH expands bits-blistering bodgy battery boomerang

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Mushroom

Slight edit?

For a UK based site maybe you should include this bit...

•T430 (China and Europe only)

Posted from my Lenovo ThinkPad T43................ *BOOM*

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Google pulls plug on YouTube for older iPads, iPhones, smart TVs

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Re: The ONLY way to watch YouTube is...

Watching via Chromecast seems to free me from watching adverts - I guess they've had some money from me already though?

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Loose lips slip when Windows 10 ships: 'End of July' says AMD CEO

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Facts getting in the way of headlines?

The Win 10 phone tech preview, which just as a reminder is full of alpha and beta components, isn't bricking peoples phones - that was the recovery tool which looks to have been resolved.

As for the 100 days meaning the UI won't have time to change much - I've seen lots of changes in the UI over the course of the preview, and many significant ones just from one build to the next. I've no reason to think that any UI changes couldn't be introduced before the consumer preview, or the RTM version.

Com'on El Reg.

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Windows 10 MURDERED your Lumia? Microsoft says it may have a fix

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Re: And the fix is...

A phone you must have had nearly 2 years ago? Kudos for keeping it relevent. I had a Nokia 3210. The screen resolution was awful - not even colour! Would never buy Nokia again etc.

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What's that THUD sound? It's your Lumia's best feature after unflashing Windows 10

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Re: I know reality TV@ Hellcat

Mines been rock solid stable, and even on 10 tech preview, which is full of alpha and beta software it's still not crashing. Given there are reports of the 8.1 roll back tool not working, it would be pretty stupid to run it. A bit like patching to iOS 8.0.1 after the reports of how good it was?

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Re: I know reality TV

I got bored/brave/drunk earlier this week.

My 1020 seems to have survived - will hold off attempting to undo my rash decission until the stability of the 8.1 recovery tool has been looked into. A colleague who's 1020 has been crashing and generally not behaving itself since he got it from Fleebay managed the 8.1 - 10 - 8.1 dance, but wouldn't recognise his SIM on 10, and crashed during recovery, but despite the odds is back to its oringinal crashing on 8.1.

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Revealed: The AMAZING technology behind Apple's $1299 Retina MacBooks – a lot of glue

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I've only paid Apple price for a PC once, and that was a Vaio A217M bought around 2001. A positive beast of a laptop, only replaced due to needing a new keyboard which by 2008/2009 was nearly as expencive as a new laptop of similar performance. Over its 7 or so year lifetime I replaced the optical drive with a slot-drive DVD, replaced the HDD, upgraded the memory, repaired the power socket, wifi switch and right click , and washed the keyboard after several diet coke and pinot grigio incidents.

Other than there being a lot of screws to undo, nothing was glued in, or held with one-use clips. I wouldn't put that sort of value into a laptop again if it was effectivley scrap should anything go wrong with it outside the warranty.

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Microsoft points at Skype, Lync: You two, in my office – right now

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Authenticating via...?

So we have Skype for business authenticating with an Office 365 account, and Skype authenticating with a Microsoft/Live/Outlook.com account?

That's not confusing at all! Comon MS - single sign on!

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IWF took down over 31,000 child sexual abuse URLs in 2014

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Last year, most material was hosted in North America (56 per cent) and Europe, including Russia (41 per cent)."

So 97% is North America, Europe and Russia.

This means either only 3% is hosted outside these fairly well policed areas, or the task of looking at the relatively lawless South America and Asia hasn't even started yet?

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Why are enterprises being irresistibly drawn towards SSDs?

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Why is enterprise loving SSDs.

Simple. Money.

An SSD easily knocks 2 minutes (it's probably closer to 5 minutes) off our fat client bootup and login to usable desktop.

2 minutes (1/30th hour) x 5 days x 48 weeks x average hourly rate > Cost of buying an SSD.

And that's only over 1 year. Multiply by 3 or more years, and over 10,000 client devices and the productivity savings are massive*. Even the bean counters have to agree with that one.

*Yes I know it probably doesn't save the company real money as the users go for a smoke/coffee/chat at Dave's desk about that holiday he's just got back from but... when they get back it's ready for them, not sitting at 'applying your settings'.

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Rand Paul puts Hillary Clinton's hard drive on sale

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Re: the server was older

I've had just enough of your SAS matey!

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Apple's 13-incher will STILL cost you a bomb: MacBook Air 2015

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Re: Low res?

I think just the laptop and PSU in the laptop bag came to just over 3KG

Please...

Former Sony Vaio VGN-A217M lugger. 3.9Kg excluding the PSU and port replicator! Was a hell of a screen though.

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Belgium to the rescue as UK consumers freeze after BST blunder

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I was just talking about this subject at the weekend with Mrs Hellcat. When we defined GMT we had the chance then to impose this - which we should have! In America? Well you will work 14:00-22:00 and have lunch at 18:00.

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Ford: Our latest car gizmo will CHOKE OFF your FUEL if you're speeding

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Re: Another nail in the coffin...

My whole village has been enclosed in a 20mph ghetto. I don't remember in the 30 years I've lived here there ever being a serious incident. So within a week of the 20mph limit we have a cyclist under a car, and a major T-bone at a junction.

So now those of us who were driving at an appropriate speed are caught in a sticky situation. Do under 20mph and comply with the law, but have less considerate drivers tailgating and overtaking in a residential area, which has happened many many times. Or break the law by a few mph but reduce the chance of a dangerous situation happening.

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WinPhone? PAH! If you want Microsoft's mobe apps, grab an Android

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When I had an adroid...

I would have quite liked the option to have these apps or not providing they can be uninstalled. As it probably made the device a little cheaper since the manufacturer is getting paid to include them, then that's not a bad thing. Lots of companies pay to have their apps installed in the base build wether its phones, tablets, PCs or even some servers. That's just part of life and not a big issue unless there is no way to remove them.

As for the apps being available at all - good on MS I say. Ecosystem tie-in has been getting more rampant recently. Seeing at least one of the big players being more cross-platform is a refreshing change - even more so given who it is and their history! Maybe I'll buy a HUDL2 now?

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Silk Road seller 'blew through all that money using drugs and going to strip clubs'

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... the rest they just squandered.

If we're going to mis-quote Gerorge Best we could at least almost have the quote correct!

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Woman caught on CCTV performing drunken BJ blew right to privacy

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biased

Surely for us to comment we must be given the chance to view the supposed situation?

Without all the "facts" one must deem that the incident does not warrant being removed!

I'm Roger Mew, and so is my wife.

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Apple about to make Apple TV WAY LESS SUCKY - report

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Re: Progress - what progress..?

Until they make devices that play nicely with other systems, then no thanks Apple. I'm not going to replace my phones, PCs, tablets, TV etc with iDevices just to be able to use a single device.

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.Free domains at Amazon while Google says bye to .family

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Re: Hmm anyone wanna start a kickstarter for .wtf and .getmeofftheplanetnow?

Something for the Weeble fan?

look@my.horse (My horse is amazing)

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Honey, I shrunk the Windows footprint

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Re: Don't stop there

My Win 10 PC boots from cold to login in something near 30 seconds - and thats without SSD. I can't say I'm bothered about using sleep mode at this point in my life.

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Leaked Windows 10 build hints at peer-to-peer patching

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Won't someone think of the chi.... firewalls?

I'm not likely to add a nat rule to let this port out from my PCs, so internal distribution only for me.

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Bulk interception is NOT mass surveillance, says parliamentary committee

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Re: Nice whitewash, Hazel...

It's not mass surveillance.

Just like this is not my primary residence.... no wait now it's not this one.... no wait it's back to the first one again.

I've seen less slippery hagfish.

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One does not simply ask the inventor of the WWW what he thinks about memes

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Re: Thank the gods they didn't do it like they do their dates!

Sorry old bean, but did you mean the eleventh of March, two thousand and fifteen?

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A gold MacBook with just ONE USB port? Apple, you're DRUNK

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Re: 1 USB port? Seriously?

Would it be too mcuh to ask to be able to watch my legally bought DVDs and to look on a big screen at the photos I took with my DSLR?

Both of these must be activities restricted to only the most geeky of power users?

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Apple Watch: Wait a minute! This puny wrist-puter costs 17 GRAND?!

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Re: What's that sound?

Would anyone like any toast?

How about a muffin?

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Re: Need a bigger laptop bag

To be fair, it is innovative since nobody else has designed such a thin light laptop yet

Since when dd 'innovation' mean do the same thing again?

People have for years created thinner laptops as the technology becomes available. Using the latest version of someone else's technology is not innovation. The innovation is at Intel, creating a processor efficient enough to avoid the need for active cooling - therefore thinner. No doubt the Surface 4 will use the Broadwell chipset and might be thinner and lighter still - that doesn't mean Microsoft are innovative!

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Euro ministers ditch plan to ban roaming charges

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Re: Oh well

My roaming in France on 3mobile didn't work. Called their support number from my wife's Voda but no matter how many times I selected the required network it failed to connect. So no calls or data plus nearly an hour of holiday wasted.

The second I drove into Switzerland *BING* text message "Welcome to Switzerland, feel at home with no data charges". Same for Italy and then later Austria. I switched roaming off while driving through Germany and Belgium, and the gremlins must have been evicted by the time I got back to France as it worked perfectly.

For anyone who regularly visits any of the covered countries it's a real plus. I'd go SIM only next time though - they're not the fastest to get updates out to their locked handsets.

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3 spectastic Lumias for price of 1 rival flagship: Microsoft sells biz on cheapie experience

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Re: I bought one in AU for $39

You bought a handset that has only just been announced for less than the announced cost? That's impressive.

Unless you meant in general, but then I've owned my 1020 for over 18 months and don't see any of the issues you suggest. The browser seems to run at a decent speed, and renders most websites fine in desktop and mobile versions. The couple of radio stations I've tried to stream worked fine, however I prefer to use Tunein to get a standardised experience free from bloat and adverts.

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The car in front has Kaspersky deep inside

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About time

Well, with IPv6 and everything being internet accessible, it's about time the security companies started talking about how we're going to stop a botnet of microwave ovens burning down whole towns. I've seen them sort of questions asked here enough about the internet of things, but very little in the way of answers from the developers and promoters.

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NERDGASM as Apple announces 'special event'

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Re: ...Fall back?

That will be the air/pro/retina/mini version available from September.

Delete as applicable.

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