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EVE Online erects mashed-up memorial to biggest space fight in history

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Re: What a monumental waste of time and money

What - you don't get paid for your comments? The rest of us do. $100 for each upvote, isn't it?

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Re: False sense of achievement maxed out...

Violent crime in America has been declining at an amazing, record-breaking pace since the widespread introduction of home console and PC video games.

You aren't wrong. But never forget - your "waste of time" could be some young man's escape from bloody neighborhood gang wars.

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Cameron: UK public is fine with domestic spying

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Re: I agree

Wow! Thank you for your 2c there Mr. Cameron. Errrr, Mr. "Jim Wilkinson". Glad you could come on this board and share your thoughts with the "little people".

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Lenovo chops up biz groups after gobbling IBM x86 servers

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Squeezing customers for cash

"So basically Lenovo are trying to win over more customers in its homeland and squeeze more cash out of them."

I'm glad that no American companies operate on this basis!

Otherwise, companies would be trying to aggressively force a bunch of silly product upgrades onto their user base - like 8 different generations of iPhone in 7 years.

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Angry anti-NSA hackers pwn Angry Birds site after GCHQ data slurp

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Re: Keep on popping those NSA piggies

This is horrible - now the NSA knows that my political preference is "none of the above" and "kick the bums out of office".

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Got a TorMail account to avoid Uncle Sam's web snoops? About that...

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Re: Anyone..

Tor - for those rare times when you don't have any tinfoil to wrap around your head, but you urgently need to warn the Federation about an imminent Romulan invasion.

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Feds indict four over alleged Android app copyright infringement

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Why not take it to the Amazon App store?

Amazon gives me free App Store bucks to spend in their app store when I buy Kindle books and stuff, so the developer gets paid from Amazon if I spend my store bucks. But I don't see this game on Amazon's App Store. If he wanted to make money in the Android market, why not put his app somewhere like Amazon where the company pays him when people download his game? Take the customer's wallet out of the equation.

I think the iTunes store works the same way - you get some bonus bucks to spend on apps when you buy music and books and stuff (am I right? I haven't been to iTunes in ages). I can't find anywhere on the Android App Store where you get bonus bucks like this.

I looked at the game website - it looks like a fun game. But certainly not worth $5 bucks cash - lot of better options available for cheaper. It's a lot easier to justify if you are just spending your app store bonus bucks.

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Apple now spends more on chips than top three PC makers combined

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I would be interested to see what Google, Amazon, Facebook, et al are spending on chips for their cloud server armies. I'm thinking it wouldn't be insignificant compared to the consumer electronics companies, but I could be way off base. But I'm betting Intel and AMD are making a nice chunk of change off those cloud service companies.

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Google sets $2.7m Pwnium prize for cunning cracks for Chrome OS

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Re: I'd like to see someone crack Chrome or Chrome OS the way I run them

@JDX - "Well done, you've metaphorically made yourself safe from athlete's foot by hobbling yourself."

I've hobbled myself by getting rid of ads and non-white-listed cookies and auto-play flash videos? You've got a weird definition of the term "hobbled".

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Re: Roll up! Roll up! Step this way...

Holy Cow! That pinkie pie dude is freaking brilliant.

However, looks like my Chromebook would have been safe from all his attempts at pwnage. Two of them only worked against Chrome on a Windows machine, and his Chrome OS exploits were only partial exploits - he was able to point out some vulnerabilities, but he wasn't able to gain control of the system.

But there's no doubt - that dude is brilliant beyond belief.

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I'd like to see someone crack Chrome or Chrome OS the way I run them

Google, being an ad company, has made Chrome and Chrome OS very friendly to online ads and plugins by default. I wonder if they would be much harder to crack the way I run them:

- AdBlock Plus, HTTPS Everywehere, and Ghostery extensions installed with all possible cookies and ads blocked;

- all plug-ins click-to-play only;

- java disabled

- all but whitelisted cookies destroyed on browser exit

I'm assuming that most pwnage will be due to the insecure nature of the default setup?

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Windows 8.1 update 'screenshots' leak: Metro apps popped into classic desktop taskbar

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Re: Serial...

And, once you get your hands on a touchscreen ultrabook like I have where the monitor snaps off into just a tablet, you might not want to go back.

So there's that.

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Your serial ports and parallel ports are going to work twice as fast due to some advanced technical wizardry. And your dialup speed will be an amazing 112 kbits/s - the webernet will practically spring to life for you.

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Coffee/keyboard

You forgot to mention that due to a huge breakthrough in technology, "the mouse has been enabled in MS-DOS mode". That's going to be a key selling point for this shiny new OS.

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Re: Serial...

@dssf - "Why cannot these companies operate in the mode/mood of "Let's bake bread together"? It is as if instead it is the user face down or bent over, to the grunting of "Let us BREAK BED together".... Except there's no "together" about it when it's one-sided... the user can feel "thrashed" and "holed"..."

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That's pretty funny right there.

But let's get real - it's a DE - sorry, I have a hard time feeling "raped" or "assaulted" by a DE. If you really hate it that much, there's about a thousand other DE's out there you can use. Besides, with Classic Shell, I don't even notice Metro ~98% of the time. And in touchscreen mode, Metro actually works pretty good.

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Wow, gamers on YouTube really love the Xbox One. It's like they were paid to say that (Hint: they are)

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Re: Hail mary pass by MS

@Combat - "No one likes the Xbone"

I don't game, but my teenage son does, and all his friends want the "Xbone", as you call it. Or they already have it.

I think it's plenty "likeable" for the target audience. What I hear is that it's very expensive, and a lot of guys are sticking with their PS3's and waiting for the price wars to bring the prices down for Xbox One and for PS4.

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Re: Honestly...

All those stupid video gamer magazines and websites and their "reviews" are just a bunch of paid advertising with shiny pictures and in-your-face videos. If the publishers and websites are going to get paid for their "reviews", why shouldn't the gamers get a little cash for putting up a popular YouTube video?

I mean - if you are going to have a totally dishonest system in the first place (and all the consumers already know how dishonest it is), I'd rather see the "little guy" get paid.

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Honestly...

This is one of the ways gamers and YouTube uploaders really ought to get paid. Why should famous actors be the only ones who can make some money through commercials and advertising? If someone uploads a video that's complimentary of your product, and they can generate a million hits because they are that popular, why shouldn't they get to cash a $3K Microsoft check?

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LogMeIn: We're stopping our free offering from, errrm, NOW

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I used LogMeIn in the past - I thought it sucked, even when I paid for premium service. Terribly slow, and tons of interruptions. TeamViewer looks alright, but all these things are just gigantic security holes.

Now that external drives are about $50 for 1TB or more, can't see why anyone bothers much with these things. Learn to make a proper VPN connection, and learn how to use SSH and SFTP and do your work in the command line - much safer.

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Google pulls Chrome extensions after new owners subvert web tools

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but...

AOL was hugely popular 20 years ago.

Don't try to tell me THAT wasn't spyware.

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Almost everyone read the Verizon v FCC net neutrality verdict WRONG

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Re: Nice straw man

I'm an American, and I've been trying to read this entire article. But the screen went blank as I was reading it.

Since then, I've just sat here in a trance, staring at the blank screen. For hours.

Hoping someone will please bring me some beer.

Can't move to get my own beer. The blank screen is trying to tell me something... something very important I think...

The blankness of the screen is so lovely and fascinating - like Sartre's nothingness of the human soul - like the infinite depths of space. Beer... Need beer...

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FCC boss: I get knocked down, but I get up again. You're never gonna keep net neutrality down

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Re: I remember that Yes song

I knew that - but the Yes song was so much better.

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I remember that Yes song

In her white lace, you could clearly see the lady sadly looking

Saying that she'd take the blame

For the crucifixion of her own domain

I get up, I get down

I get up, I get down

Two million people barely satisfy

Two hundred women watch one woman cry, too late

The eyes of honesty can achieve

How many millions do we deceive each day?

I get up, I get down

I get up, I get down

In charge of who is there in charge of me

Do I look on blindly and say I see the way?

The truth is written all along the page

How old will I be before I come of age for you?

I get up, I get down

I get up, I get down

I get up, I get down

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Latest Chrome adds Chrome OS flavor to Windows 8 'Metro' mode

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Re: Any way

@elyl - "Any way to get rid of the Chrome OS crap, so I just have a full-screen Chrome browser?"

F11 works. Also, you can put your mouse up at the top of the screen and right-click -- that will also take you into full-screen mode, and the Chrome shelf will disappear.

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That's the wrong color and flavor. You Brits drink that dark beer don't you? What do you call it - Guinness Stot? Snot?

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Re: Chrome is now unstable and unusable

@Decade -

>"If you're using a non-touchscreen, then if you try to reach that start button in the bottom-left, the Windows >start button appears and covers up the Chrome start button."

Not on my machine - it's working fine. It's an app menu.

>"The Metro mode doesn't work properly with Windows 8.1 Snap view. It doesn't resize the windows to fit >half the screen, so it's sort of useless."

You are doing it wrong - the Chrome resize button is not the snap view. If you want to get into snap view, grab the top of the screen and drag down a couple inches - Chrome will snap into half the screen. You can resize it to about 3/4 of the screen. I'm typing this in snap view right now, with the Win 8 Store in the other half.

>"Furthermore, now I'm seeing Chrome crash while editing Google Drive. Does anybody at Google actually test Chrome on Windows anymore?"

Not crashing for me. I opened a spreadsheet and two documents at the same time in different tabs and have been editing all three. It's working fine.

Maybe you should try uninstalling and then re-installing a clean copy of Chrome? Sounds like you've got some glitches going on.

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Mozilla CTO Eich: If your browser isn't open source (ahem, ahem, IE, Chrome, Safari), DON'T TRUST IT

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Re: And even if it is open source, don't trust it.

@02X7Cm - "Firefox health report (on by default, and telemetery - not on by default) submits so called anonymous data back to their servers but if their servers are compromised by government surveillance schemes, they could still be used in combination with other meta data to determine the status of individuals."

So? You're a big boy. Turn it off if you don't like it. Isn't that why they give you the warning up-front about it? So that you have a choice? I always turn that crap off, on every product.

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Re: Yeah, Whatever

@sebby -

Are you referring to W3C's decision to include EME DRM modules in the HTML5.1 standards? Because all I've seen is that Brandan Eich with Mozilla keeps saying that they are opposed to implementing the modules.

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Google stabs Wikipedia in the front

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Re: or maybe...

or maybe ...

....it's down to the millions of dead links and mis-quoted references and outright wrong "facts" posted by the highly opinionated contributors as they blast the planet with an asteroid-sized chunk of false data.

Maybe people are (finally) simply getting tired of being lied to.

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Light, fast ... and pricey: Toshiba's Portégé Z30 – now THIS is an Ultrabook

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I've got an HP ultrabook with similar specs (although a much lower price). The 1366x768 works pretty well, since it's a wide screen.

I've got Office 2013 on it, and it is very usable on that size. Everything fits on the screen quite perfectly.

For me, it's the widescreen form factor that makes it work. I think if it were not the elongated-13 inch screen, it wouldn't work well at all.

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OpenSUSE forums hacked in ANOTHER vBulletin attack

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Re: Forum's useless anyway

@Valeyard - I'm not angry - I just have never seen the type of behavior on the openSUSE forums that you are referring to. And I've been a regular participant/reader for many years now.

Sounds like you got yourself "banned" though - I guess by an admin? All I can figure is you must have really seriously pissed someone off. Like I say - I've never seen anything like that. Quite the opposite - people really go quite far out of their way on those forums to help a guy out. I should know - I've had some nasty, nasty problems with AMD 6-core processors, Nvidia cards, and Radeon cards that I couldn't possibly have figured out without help.

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Re: Forum's useless anyway

@Valeyard - yeah, I call bullshit on your claims.

No one on that forum has ever been anything but extremely helpful to me. I've had engineers and Novell developers come on the board and spend hours helping me resolve an issue. I've seen an engineer go out and buy a piece of hardware just so he could help a noob figure out how to use it.

And I read a lot of forum posts there - I can't recall ever seeing anyone threatened with being "banned". If someone is a total asshole, they just get ignored after awhile. All in all, I'd say openSUSE is by far the most helpful forum around. Just don't be a complete raving asshole - that doesn't work on any forum.

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OH NO

My openSUSE forums password and my El Reg password are exactly the same.

What if hacker H4x0r HuSsY starts posting pro-iPhone comments on El Reg in my name? My rep as an iPhone critic will be down the drain.

I guess I could just change my El Reg password, but - I'm kind of enjoying the tension.

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Didn't get a Nook for Xmas? That's OK, hardly anyone else did, either

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My family has 2 Nooks

One nice new color one with internet, and one of the old B&W ones.

Both work fantastic, but not near as well as my Kindle HD. But still, very nice. If I didn't have the Kindle, I'd be reading stuff off one of the Nooks all the time.

Any e-reader is vastly superior and vastly cheaper (in my humble opinion) to reading paper books.

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BlackBerry CEO: I LOVE keyboards, so if you want them, you'll get them

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Re: Hurrah!

Give me my beloved old Blackberry keyboard on a device with fast internet and Android apps?

I'd give two thumbs wayyy up for that phone.

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Pesky protesters FORCE GOOGLE STAFF INTO THE SEA

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Re: everything is better in Texas

@Nicho - your post is full of FUD. And lies. And more FUD.

We don't just have songs about infidelity and our trucks in Texas. We also have songs about our dogs, and about being drunk.

And we don't just eat BBQ. We also eat fried chicken. And bacon. And pancakes.

Get your facts straight.

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Yup. I can assure you that Austin, Texas is one place that would welcome the chocolate factory with open arms. Probably even make a nice offer of tax incentives to move more operations our here. Probably let them use a bit of our high-speed Google fiber as well.

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Re: Oh for f**k's sake....

"Leave NOW evil corporate overlords."

"We want affordable property values again."

"Like Detroit."

"Oh, wait......"

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Sony seeks mojo reboot with 147-inch 'honey-you-can't-afford-me' 4K home projector

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Re: why?

@JimmyPage - "surely the reflected ones will have picked up some dirt from the wall?"

You have tiny flecks of dirt on your walls?

Disgusting peasants. I'm sure Sony doesn't want your business anyway.

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Amazon, Hollywood, Samsung: PLEASE get excited about 4K telly

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Re: WGAF

@Pet Reeve - "Go and see one of these in the store and tell me you still don't want one."

I saw one in the store. I didn't want one.

Before, that, I saw 3D TV in the store. I didn't want one.

Want to hear more about the premium-TV market I haven't wanted? It's a pretty long list. To give you a hint, my only video-related expenditures for several years have been a Netflix subscription, and a few tickets to first-run movies at the theaters.

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Dell confirms Chromebook for Blighty

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Re: No longer cheap

@AC 14:14 - "Also, Gartner say the cost of running an un-managed PC is $5,000 a year (patching, updating, anti-malware etc)"

Another example of how Gartner is a completely worthless group of tech-ignorant blowhards.

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Re: a token offering meant to be ugly?

@Khaptain - "I just received a XPS11 this morning, lovely little machine, the touch screen makes W8 usable BUT the price is nowhere near the £300, more like 5 times that price."

Sounds to me like you (or your employer) overpaid by about 2 times.

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Time travellers outsmart the NSA

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I have been time-traveling my entire life

One moment at a time into the great unknown future. What a grand adventure it's been.

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Hacker backdoors Linksys, Netgear, Cisco and other routers

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My router hack is cheaper and foolproof

Beat the owner of the router within an inch of his life with a lead pipe, and force the password out of him.

Only about $3 dollars for a new piece of pipe (free if used). Or a $5 wrench will do (http://xkcd.com/538/).

100% effective (unless he has a bigger pipe, handgun, guard dog, etc).

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Microsoft shops ditch XP for New Year as Windows market share expands

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Re: Classic Shell

@Andrew - "Starting with version 3.9.0, Classic Shell is no longer open-source"

Well - that's a damm shame! I hadn't seen that. I hope someone forks it off the 3.8.x version then - it should remain a community project.

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Re: Classic Shell

@Andrew Fernie - "It does indeed, but when I'm rolling out 200+ boxes via Altiris I'm not going to add Classic Shell to a Corporate build of a version of Windows that should already have a Start Menu - one more thing to test and support."

At least with Classic Shell you've got an open-source community project with constant vulnerability testing and an open bug-fixing process. Windows itself, not so much.

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Acer cozies up to Google with new 'droid PCs and fondleslab, Chromebook

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Re: I would prefer a chrome OS ...

Chromebooks have touch capability built into the OS. You can buy a new Acer touchscreen Chromebook for $300 US: http://chrome.blogspot.com/2013/12/touchscreen-chromebooks-for-everyone.html

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Re: Keyboard?

Yes. The one I tried was just a small square block of plastic with some USB, video, and sound ports on the sides of it. The store had it hooked up to a USB mouse and keyboard and to a monitor.

As I said - it was slow as crap. Took over a minute for the El Reg website to load. Mouse and keyboard input was hit or miss - had to click things on the screen two or three times to get a response.

It's a bit of a novelty to play with, but from what I could see the lack of responsiveness makes it a total piece of garbage that no one would really want to use. I did notice that when I'm sitting in front of a computer screen, I expect a much more responsive system than when I'm looking at a phone.

The one thing I like about it is that it's Linux at heart. If the companies give these things a decent set of chips, they'll have enough apps that they'll probably be more useful than Chromebooks.

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I tried one of their all-in-one Android systems at a store today

Slow as crap.

Amazing the overall slowness I put up with on a phone that I would never put up with on a laptop.

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