* Posts by GitMeMyShootinIrons

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FREAKing hell: ALL Windows versions vulnerable to SSL snoop

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Re: A different Freak?

"Internet Explorer in the Windows 10 Preview and Windows 8.1 was/is flagged up as vulnerable on freakattack.com. It is the same problem."

Any mention of the new Spartan browser being vulnerable?

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Revival of fortune: Mad Catz Mojo Android gaming micro console

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Might be a nice Thin Client.

Keyboard and mouse, plus (insert Terminal Solution of the day) client. And it'll play games too.

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Linux clockpocalypse in 2038 is looming and there's no 'serious plan'

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Is this Y2K all over again?

Hope so. That's my pension pot sorted.

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Wi-Fi beam-steering tech could KILL OFF fixed home networks

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Re: 3 TV's

@Lost all faith

"That's right because everyone in the world has Cat5e / 6 installed into every room in their house."

In general, I agree. Ask most UK house builders about networking a new build house and, at best, you'll get a "no" and often you'll get a blank expression and "duuuhhh".

However, its not uncommon to find TV/Satellite antenna coming in at the same place as phone/(internet), so a router to TV cable connection is both easy and convenient. In a different context (and there are split opinions on this), homeplug solutions offer another easy alternative.

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Want a MEEELLION-year data storage? Use DNA of course

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Re: Back in the 80s

Brings a whole new meaning to corrupt humans.

I was obviously written using NT backup as I'm useless at remembering anything of value.

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First HSBC, now the ENTIRE PUBLIC SECTOR dodges tax

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Re: We are all getting screwed by public sector

"In the end either the beast will be tamed or the country will go broke leaving the people with a huge bill and nobody accountable for it. I despair that some people actively support continuing down the road we are going assuming a magic money tree or happy to accept the selling of our future generations."

Case in point - Greece. Low taxation, high public spending on a large public sector. Ends up living on Euro subsidies and loans until the bubble bursts. And then they still can't take living within their means and try and demand yet more handouts.

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Tax and government...

Now, forgive me for perhaps being a bit over simplistic, but...

People and companies pay tax to the estate to fund state activities carried out by government departments and their employees. To some degree, this makes sense. Why does a government department pay tax at all as it will only end up back in their coffers, less the cost of administering the tax calculation at both the department and HMRC? A lossy system if there ever was one.

Similarly, why are government staff subject to income tax on government salaries? Surely an equivalent value to net should be paid and so you eliminate the need to calculate tax and all the staffing needed to handle it.

Of course, keeping departments and staff subject to tax ensures more union members on one side and management on the other, so it's highly unlikely that such an inefficient system will change. Keep the gravy train rolling....

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Big Blue drops a billion dollars to refresh its pig herd's lipstick

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Spectrum instruction manual.

To start your Spectrum, switch on and enter the following command:

Load ""

Then press the play button on the cassette deck....

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BBC: SOD the scientific consensus! Look OUT! MEGA TSUNAMI is coming

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Re: The BBC science coverage is useless ...

But Jesus DID ride dinosaurs. Look, there are pictures, so it must be true!

http://www.viraljesus.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/jesus_riding_dinosaur1.jpg

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Game of Moans: Sky coughs to BORKED set top box BALLS-UP

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I am one of those victims...

I spend more time resetting the underpowered, overworked Sky box than I do watching it. I've knocked movies on the head and gone elsewhere.

Glad to hear they're finally listening and hopefully doing something. I, for one, am bowing down to the Australian Overlord in prayer to make it so...

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Jaguar F-Type: A beautiful British thoroughbred

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Re: But can you change a headlight bulb?

If you want that level of practicality, perhaps you need the latter half of Jaguar Land Rover. They do a big old monster called the Defender...

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I rather think you're on the wrong site. Try:

Www.dailymail.co.uk

Otherwise, nice to see automotive xenophobia isn't dead.

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Apple drives itself round bend: PITIES THE FOOL who inks deal with carmakers – source

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Re: Oh dear...

Don't forget corners. It's gotta have corners!

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HELP! Windows Phone update 8.1 broke my Lumia

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Re: Well, since the 930 isn't affected...

I have a 1020. The odd crash, but it is Windows, so its a tradition. More stable than any of the nasty Samsung Chavdroids I attempt to keep running for the kids and faster than my work iPhone.

Fantastic camera too.

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WATCH IT: It's watching you as you WATCH IT (Your Samsung telly is)

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Re: Orwell

They miss the next bit of the conversation...

Number 2: Of course you're a 'free man', sir. And I'm a 'Samsung Customer Support Representative', but my screen still says you're number 6.

Number 6: Oh....

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Jupiter Ascending – a literally laughable train wreck of a film

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So, erm...

I take it that you weren't keen?

Thanks for the warning. Perhaps I should see Taken 3 instead...

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RIP Windows RT: Microsoft murders ARM Surface, Nokia tablets

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We are gathered here today...

...to mourn the passing of an unloved child. Outlived by an equally unloved, but underappreciated sibling and several elderly relatives.

Leave no flowers.

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The joy of six: VMware ecstatic after finally emitting new vSphere

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well...

1000 vms per host is getting more likely as the specs of servers get higher, particularly for VDI.

Personally, I'd sooner scale out, but, some customers....

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Dark Fibre: Reg man plunges into London's sewers to see how pipe is laid

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Re: Shitnet

Logging on?

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FORCE Apple to support BlackBerry hardware, demands John Chen

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How about "no", Mr. Chen?

If he wants folk to support his platform, then he needs to make his platform an attractive proposition, either through numbers of devices in the wild, or some attractive business enticement.

To arrogantly demand support in this fashion shows that he has a poor grasp of business (effectively wanting something for nothing) as well as a misunderstanding of what net neutrality is about.

Mr. Chen has made himself look a tad foolish.

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US military finds F-35 software is a buggy mess

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Re: Rafale?

For a little risk, the SAAB Gripen - BAe helped work on it (so PC), already capable of short take off in adverse conditions, so probably wouldn't take much to navalise.

Of course, with the carriers we have, with no catapults, and nor are they likely to, it needs to be ski-jump capable, which somewhat precludes the Rafale or the F/A-18. Perhaps some mice Russkie numbers might work though...ha ha ha ha...!

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Want a cheap Office-er-riffic tablet? Microsoft Windows takes on Android

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Re: Linux?

"Does anyone over 12 years old use the upvote/downvote buttons?"

Down voted 'cause I is down wid de kidz, innit? LOLZ!!!

(40 year old trying too hard...)

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Tax Systems: The good, the bad and the completely toot toot ding-dong loopy

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Re: I wonder - North London commuters

@ Lars "problem in the UK is all the low bridges you run under"

A fine point. The East Midlands line is gradually being electrified and even this requires substantial works on bridges and tunnels to fit train plus overhead lines.

The problem the UK rail network has is that it survived the war largely unscathed - so no need to rebuild as happened across Europe. So we have a network designed for steam engines carrying masses more than it was ever designed to do.

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Erik Meijer: AGILE must be destroyed, once and for all

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Re: A few good pints

"I think the real problem is the cargo cult approach to any methodology that is taken by many users."

Well said. I once had to tell a project manager in rather blunt terms that PRINCE is not a religion.

Try processes, sure, but drop what isn't working. Don't keep it purely out of stubbornness.

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Renault Captur: Nobody who knows about cars will buy this

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Re: An ideal car for the French market

"The Captur is made in Spain..."

Many folk don't let the facts get in the way of a good bit of nationalism and the French are more nationalistic than most (even Alex Salmond would tell them to calm down). After all, its a Renault, therefore it is French!

I had similar discussing a (then) recently acquired German car with an elderly gentleman who hadn't cottoned on that the war ended a little while before. I pointed out that my 'German' car was built in Portugal - at which point his rant changed to fits of laughter and derogatory descriptions of Hispanic working practices. Some people are just that way inclined....

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1,000mph ROCKET CAR project dogged by beancounters

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Re: The love of money is the root of all evil

"Let's not forget, it was beancounters who ultimately did for the UK car industry. It was run by them, whereas the German one was (and still is) run by engineers."

Nationalisation handed it over to the unions and the bureaucrats in Whitehall. The former destroyed the work ethic and drove wages to uncompetitive levels and as a consequence, we built expensive, shoddy cars. The latter lead to poor business management leading to designing cars for non-existent markets, sometimes products that competed amongst themselves (better than they do against imports anyway!) and selling products at a loss because they couldn't 'do the numbers'.

Government intervention in the UK from the 50's onwards was a heavy-handed disaster. The only segments not nationalised are the only ones that remain in any size and made money later - the financial and service industries.

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Google unveils Windows 8.1 zero-day vuln – complete with exploit code

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Re: I agree that MS needs to be more on-the-ball with this.

Google aren't the police or some government agency (though the ad-peddling data scavengers do see themselves as all powerful). I can go with the 90 day disclosure, but releasing exploit code is dubious to say the least.

Google are treading on dangerous ground - would they like MS (or anyone else?) dropping code for vulnerabilities in Android or ChromeOS 90 days after finding them? A harmful precedent set by Google that could backfire on them.

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Why has the Russian economy plunged SO SUDDENLY into the toilet?

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Putin the kettle on for a cup-a-soup...?

Baaad pun time!

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Reg man confesses: I took my wife out to choose a laptop for Xmas. NOOOO

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Re: "irrational factors such as the shell’s colour"

Couldn't agree more. How many beige PCs do you see in the shops these days?

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Hipsters ahoy! Top Ten BOARD games for festive family fun

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Re: a board game isn't just for Christmas

Jenga? Nah - Twister. Less a board game, more an act of sado-masochism.

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Google's first stab at control-free ROBOT car rolls off the line

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Re: Voiced by...

Mr T.

"Where you goin' to, fool?!"

"This ain't no plane, fool!"

"Hey, fool, you've reached where you goin'...fool!"

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Norks' internet goes TITSUP in possible DDoS attack

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Re: Missing statement from article

"Quick! Supreme reader must reboot the modem!"

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Independent inquiry into British air-traffic-control IT nightmare

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Re: Vince Cable

All this talk "ancient systems" and "skimping" - all sounds like he wants to push for a nice new system. No doubt the usual "government IT" project suspects are rubbing their hands with glee at mega-££££ quotes in the off'ing. I'd have expected such talk from an old school Tory looking for a directorship, but not so much from a senile LibDem'er looking for the nearest retirement home.

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Is there ANOTHER UNIVERSE headed BACKWARDS IN TIME?

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24? The ultimate answer? Kiefer Sutherland will be pleased.

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Ford dumps Windows for QNX in new in-car entertainment unit

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The problem becomes - if not touch screens, then what?

Customers are increasingly after twiddly features - SatNav, climate control, media services etc. These all require control of some sort.

Having masses of clear, single function buttons won't cut the mustard - too many would be more distracting than a touch screen. BMW use a wheel type device (other multifunction button solutions exist too, of course) - this too is distracting as you have to scroll around masses of menus etc (I know - I've had one). Voice control simply isn't up to snuff - most struggle with the combination of ambient noise, variation in accents etc.

So, really, how much worse is touch screen than any of the above if customers want these modern functions? Voice may be the answer in the long term for input, but audio feedback is point-in-time, so only of limited use (you don't have an audio output telling you speed). Like voice control, head up display is in it's early days, but a combination might work for some functions - but you don't want surplus stuff like air con splashed across the windscreen.

I'd also say a touch screen satnav on the dashboard is a heck of alot safer than a road atlas on the lap - and this was alarmingly common once.

I almost sympathize with car manufacturers trying to balance the wants/needs of the consumer with functionality and safety.

Bring on the neural interface!!!!!

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VW's Scirocco diesel: A sheep in Wolfsburg’s clothing

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Golf:

Scirocco's dull, practical, humdrum sister for those who's budget doesn't stretch to an Audi A3.

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BLAST-OFF! BOAT FREE launch at last. Orion heads for SPAAAAACE

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Re: Shortly after takeoff

"But they're still waiting for the small lemon-soaked paper napkins"

They serve KFC on their flights? Now THAT is proper in flight catering!

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Feast your eyes: 10 'fortysomething' smart TVs

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Re: Tempting but...

In some ways, I rather agree. I have a Samsung 40 inch 1080p screen that also has your TAS feature (loving the acronym). It has a good picture, plenty of ports and works fine (though I'd love to be able to disable the analogue tuner...). At the moment, the only thing smart about my Samsung is a Chromecast up one HDMI port and an XBOX 360 up the other. I can do most things a smart TV would do quite easily.

3D doesn't make me rush out to buy a TV, and really, the smart trinkets haven't sold me (especially as they seem to be very model-specific and poorly maintained as models age). 4K is probably about the only thing that interests me and even then, only if I got a bigger panel and the price/quality ratio was right.

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Lord Lucan, Murakami's Strange Library ... and a hitchhiker's guide to the Computing Universe

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Re: Not the same

Silicone chips -

elastic compute resources!

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NetApp cyclists part from storage firm... go to Bora Bora

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Re: Hope they've sorted the legals

Warning - Daily Mail style joke response...

Oh, you know those clever legal types - The German lawyers will say "Ach! Our BORA has ze kapital letters, jah?"

The Italians will nod there heads and then beat a hasty retreat....

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Bible THUMP: Good Book beats Darwin to most influential tome title

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Fact vs Fiction

Pleased to note that there are six factual books, with the remainder firmly rooted in the fiction category.

As works of fiction, the Qu'ran and the Bible are respectable collections of short stories, poetry etc, not too dissimilar to Aesop's Fables or any number of anthologies.

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Re: Important

I always thought Animal Farm was a better Orwell book than 1984. It's easier to read, more accessible to a broader audience and is just as well crafted as 1984.

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Behold the Lumia 535 NOTkia: Microsoft wipes Nokia brand from mobes

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Re: Naming/Numbering

Works for BMW. I rather like the 6 Series.

Audi naming sounds like European paper sizes and they don't seem to have a problem either.

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Re: Just one question....

Counterpoint - can I buy a Samsung S5 or an iPhone 6, format it and put Windows Phone on it? That kind of flexibility would be nice. I suppose being able to by the M8 as either Android or Windows Phone might be nice - but a truly customizable 'Pick Hardware then pick OS' would be nice too.

I've had Android and I currently have Windows Phone. I have far less trouble and have a far more seamless user experience with my Nokia (or NOTkia now, I suppose) than my kids have with there flaky Android equipped Samsungs.

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Why solid-state disks are winning the argument

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Why solid-state disks are winning the argument?

Well, for me, my battery life on my power-hungry monster Lenovo improved markedly when I switched out to an SSD, and it also ran quite a bit cooler too.

And that's before I start looking at performance.

For enterprise applications, there's a place for both. It's a bit like shiny 15K SAS/FC disks versus 7.2K SATA disks - performance quality balanced against capacity quantity, only with shinier SSDs at the performance end.

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BONFIRE of the MEGA-BUCKS: $200m+ BURNED in SECONDS in Antares launch blast

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Joke

They should count themselves lucky as they had a u-boat sized mega-shark patrolling the waters...

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/10/27/super_shark_was_size_of_a_world_war_ii_sub/

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BAE points electromagnetic projectile at US Army

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Re: Wrong platform?

"Will it open my beer bottle at 50 paces?"

I'd buy that for a dollar!

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Microsoft to enter the STRUGGLE of the HUMAN WRIST

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Too late to the party...again.

Given MS are rather late to this somewhat narrow market, I really wonder why they're bothering. A smarter move would have been to buddy up with someone established, perhaps Samsung to do something around compatibility with existing kit. Let someone else do the leg work on this one instead of sinking money into yet another also-ran.

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America's super-secret X-37B plane returns to Earth after nearly TWO YEARS aloft

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Missile defences are somewhat over hyped. Build smaller nukes, smuggle them over the border (and big countries with long border regions have a problem here) and your missile defense is an expensive trinket.

China used quite a big missile to take a pop at a satellite. The US achieved the same with a ship launched souped-up SAM, so don't believe the Chinese propaganda completely.

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Man, that iPhone 6 Plus won't fit in my pocket. Oh, here's a mobe store that'll resize my jeans

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Re: But....?????????

Perhaps were our heroic tailor a bit more product agnostic, he could cover other jumbo-phones, such as the Galaxy Note or the Nokia 1520. Might be a growth industry....

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