* Posts by Mage

6241 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007

Virtual reality is actually made of smartphones

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WTF?

Smartphone 1998

Smartphones have as much to do with VR as your TV. It has a screen and maybe an ARM CPU too.

They've existed since 1998.

The form factor isn't an Apple design. It's what you get when you simply slap a touch screen on a rounded rectangle, the most efficient shape to fit maximum electronics in a hand held device.

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Will Microsoft's nerd goggles soar like an Eagle, or flop like a turkey?

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Gimp

Re: Did apple lose?

Depends if you are talking phones+ tablets or PCs.

MS bailed out Apple.

The iPod and iPhone saved them. Not workstations / laptops, Apple even ditched "Computer" from name.

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Ireland reaps benefits of Apple's tax schemes, even without EU bounty

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12.5%

The EU has no problem with Ireland's 12.5% corporation rate.

The problem is that Apple is paying about 0.01%. They aren't really paying any tax anywhere.

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ULSTER Bank

Not as much as us - Ulster Bank Ireland (despite the name it's Irish).

No, it's a UK bank, owned by RBS, sadly.

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Re: I don't understand why the RoI is so worried about brexit

"Although Mrs has promised that there will be no border controls between North and South."

Except that's not up to Ireland, NI or UK, but up to the EU decide.

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If there is no Right of Residence of EU Citizens and Freedom of movement to UK, then there will be a hard border for first time ever NI <-> Ireland. May's promise is hot air.

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Unhappy

Re: Jon Snow.

Also even during Dev's so called Economic War against the EU, there was always a Common Travel Area. That may end for first time ever. There will be the cost of a border fence. Even before 1973 and during troubles there has never been a physical border.

UK wants the NI-UK to Ireland border to be the Irish ports and airports, like 13th Century to 1922! Neither EU nor Ireland will agree to that.

In the long term Ireland may benefit if International and other EU suppliers ship direct to Ireland rather than is so often the case via a UK middle man. Books, Magazines, Music, DVDs, Games etc very much treat Ireland as a UK region. DVDs etc often have an extra added Irish classification sticker, though some are printed, but alongside the UK one!

Very many "Irish" papers are thinly disguised UK ones.

BBC & ITV are the next popular TV stations and available to near 100% FTA and over 82% get them in a PayTV package. PayTV historically high as UK TV wasn't always FTA on Satellite, though Dublin, East, South East and Border got Terrestrial TV from UK since 1950s, Irish TV only started hours before 1962.

This is biggest change since Irish break with Sterling in 1979 (In reality Ireland only had its own currency 1979 to 1999)

Ireland has suffered because UK left ERM and didn't join Euro. Brexit will not be as simple as Ni Unionists or Brexiteers claim. EU totally decides what it is, with any one of the 27 having a veto!

The Referendum had lies on both sides.

It's FAR worse for Gibraltar who face the border with Spain being closed and withdrawal of 14,000 Spanish workers and loss of Spanish trade. It's only because UK and Spain are both in EU that the Spanish - Gib border is cordial!

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Google Pixel: Devices are a dangerous distraction from the new AI interface

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Facepalm

Re: VR

Real VR vs a strap-on phone is like BluRay vs Philips N1500, not even VHS.

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Burger barn put cloud on IT menu, burned out its developers

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Re: This comment echos the sentiment of a large majority of readers of this article.

Or pickled is OK, though helped by pickled carrot, onions, gherkins.

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Re: Getting rid of your Devs and giving work to Oracle?

Getting rid of bespoke IT and using cloud for anything other than an auxiliary customer facing web site (not the backend database and Co-Lo makes more sense) or temporary collaboration tools across sites is madness.

The Cloud providers are in it to make profit (or in some cases mine your data).

Security, resilience, privacy, backups, disaster recovery, bespoke applications etc? Ultimately you have no clue how the Cloud provider is REALLY (if at all) doing these.

I fear the "Cloud" failure apocalypse when too much has moved to it more than WWIII

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Facebook Yarn's for your JavaScript package

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Real need:

Some sort of compiler like tool to check the source. Problematic as ONE text file might have

HTML (rendered on client)

Javscript (executed on client)

Then executed server side never seen by Client

Actual SQL (evil!)

Santitsing function calls in language of the day calling SQL stored procedures.

Coldfusion (perhaps dynamically generating javascript and HTML)

php

maybe even Java too

Oh how I hate web development compared to a program / app entirely in C#, VB6, C, C++, Modula-2, JAL or Java (Embedded system from scratch so much nicer than Windows /Linux and console or serivices with no GUI nicer still, though actually VB6 + OBDC at the end was a nice RAD test environment for XP).

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Cheer up Samsung! You might get back $400m for copying the iPhone

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Re: Ersatz Scamsung

Samsung 6400 family layered package for ARM, Flash & RAM, simple to layout I/O.

Cut down OSX -> iOS

GUI bought in from fingerworks. Trolltec actually had similar.

Switch from resistive (needed for handwriting and miniaturised desktop GUIs) to LONG EXISTING capacitive touch as the Fingerworks GUI didn't need the better resolution input.

Basically catalog phone parts slapped onto an iPod.

Less features than other phones, but well marketed and killer feature was unlimited or large data from some carriers when most users paid lots per megabyte. It was the simple (bought in) GUI and the data use bundle plus Apple hype / reality distortion that made the original launch a success. Marketing, Not R&D or even the appearance which was bland and minimalist and not creative at all, copied from 1950s to 1960s products, replace a 1970s calculator front with an LCD touch screen.

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Missing important point!

The scope of the design.

The extent to which the design determines the overall appearance of the product.

Other components in the device.

The extent to which those other components can be separated.

** Extent to which the the infringed item is frivolous, obvious or a slight variation from prior art (like rounding corners is on every hand held thing back to wax tablets and slates). Thusly a bottle can't be a registered design / patent because it's a rounded rectangle cross-section, but needs to be more distinctive, like Cola-Cola's fluted bottle.

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Pocket C.H.I.P. makers go Pro with cloud-linked ARM-flexing module for IoT gizmo builders

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Interesting

Complementary to Pi and Ardunio, I think.

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Oracle: We're going to be the practical AI people, we swear it

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A good plan

Now figure AI that's not fragile and not annoying.

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/oct/11/crash-how-computers-are-setting-us-up-disaster

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Boost Ofcom's powers and fix mobile market woes, Three and TalkTalk tell MPs

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Ofcom needs reformed

But don't listen to ANY operator!

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There are some really crap budget phones out there. Vodafone's Smart Ultra 7 isn't

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Re: young kids

Should anyone under 10 or not allowed to wander the streets at night on their own, have a phone at all?

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Locked.

Though at end of initial contract period they now have to unlock for free?

There should be affordable 6 month contracts.

No contract subsidy, that's hidden HP

Here the minimum contract on many sorts of subscriptions has crept up to 18 months and meanwhile PAYG credit expiry period keeps dropping, making it nearly impossible to have an emergency phone in glove compartment or drawer.

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RIP Samsung 'Death Note' 7

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Hmm

Are they too thin?

Is it a bending problem or bad design of charger HW?

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Intel is shipping an ARM-based FPGA. Repeat, Intel is shipping an ARM-based FPGA

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Boffin

offload the StrongARM/XScale division

Though I don't think they gave up ARM licence and I think they did keep at least one communications controller with an ARM core.

Lots of PCs have ARM cores on Marvell Ethernet / SATA chips and on the hard drives. The profit margin is too low for Intel on ARM, also "Not Invented Here" syndrome.

They have a dilemma now with Altera. FPGAs are lot more actual profit per chip than a $1 ARM SoC, the main competitor of Altera is Xilinx which has a flagship ARM core FPGA. So Intel can hardly abandon FPGAs with ARM and no X86 (there is only a tiny market to have both cores, people will want one or the other and often later go to volume SoC ASIC unless it's a niche market.) FPGA have two distinct markets, stepping stone to volume SoC / ASIC and niche markets where there isn't volume, but the chip is volume product for foundry as the same chip can serve many different niche markets as well as development as it's user defined hardware.

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Chipzilla's long-rumoured desire to put an x86 on an FPGA ARM core into a 14nm-process FPGA.

Umm, but it's not got an x86? (As well as the ARM), or did I miss something.

Isn't this mostly updated process technology for Altera FPGA? ARM cores in an FPGA have been around for a while. A good way to prototype an ARM SoC especially at the source can produce files for FPGA or ASIC (dedicated SoC)

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Google hires comedians

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Clowns

Nothing to do with scary Clown craze?

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Nokia crawls towards comeback with new phones announcement

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Current Linux, Mint 17.3 with Mate and no Compiz

Works on some 14 year old laptops and PCs. Admittedly good ones.

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Internet of Things botnets: You ain’t seen nothing yet

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Re: Turn off uPNP

No one EVER needs uPNP. Configure the ports manually. If the SW can't use that, it's garbage. uPNP and related stuff are stupid, even if it's going to be on the LAN, no router should EVER have it.

It's a similar badness to Autorun, which should not exist.

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Samsung halts production of Galaxy Note 7

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Re: A lesson to be learnt

Issue is battery replacement more than in use standby.

I agree expandable RAM will not happen.

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Re: Waterproof

Lots of things in the past were MORE waterproof and had removable batteries.

It's just a little more expensive. The problem (and reason for Apple ditching headphone jack) is cost reduction.

Watches to portable test gear.

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Russia tests sat jamming

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the rest of the space i.e. over the equator?

Same gear on a sub or ship or aircraft.

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Stickers emerge as EU's weapon against dud IoT security

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Boffin

Energy Rating stickers

A, AA, AAA, AAAA

The cleaner won't lift dust, the dishwasher will leave cups stained and have no rinse cycle, the lamps won't be bright enough and omnidirectional to light a whole room, the toaster will dry out the bread and only brown it at max setting and only take pan sized slices, not larger batch loaf, the coffee machine won't even keep warm for mandated 40min max but 20min ... etc.

Sadly we do understand the evil energy saving stickers.

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Hubble telescope spies massive 'cannonballs' of fire from dying star

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Alien

smaller, invisible companion star

That's no star—

…<loss of carrier>

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Actually, yes, Samsung, you do have to pay Apple $120m

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Stupid

Why don't they fix the USPTO and stop feeding the lawyers.

In a sane world a huge percentage of USA so called "Design Patents" (Pure look & feel) and actual patents would be invalid in the first place.

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Four reasons Pixel turns flagship Android mobe makers into roadkill

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Re: Lots of conjectures

Yes, it's at Apple prices without the Apple reality distortion.

Google's home stuff is totally irrelevant.

At least El Reg isn't captured by Big Companies. The UK media Eulogising every Apple release (though iPhone 7 not so much) and now lauding Amazon's Echo as "innovative" and "great". How much is Amazon paying them?

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Pay up or your data gets it, Fandroid

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NoScript

Why can't I find it for Firefox on Android?

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Invasion of the virus-addled lightbulbs (and other banana stories)

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Devil

Great stuff

I'd have written something similar, but too polite and boring to read.

AI doesn't worry me at all, but the idiots marketing the "Cloud" and IoT are the enemies of civilisation, besides which Google, Facebook and hackers are mere annoyances.

Sociopathic spawn of Satan. Even lawyers and weasel megacorps are not looking so bad.

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Robots blamed for wiping 10 per cent off the value of sterling

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Alert

crashes tend to get corrected pretty quickly,

Except in this case it's more like a dead cat bounce.

Sterling, on average, is going to continue to fall.

The FTSE 100 is mostly international megacorps, so now that it's clearer what May will do, it is logically rising, nothing much to do with export of UK services and manufactured products.

There is a short window for people to buy Sterling priced products and then there will be inflation on price of UK exports or web retail sales.

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Ofcom kicks off 5G auction consultation

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5G is NOT about spectrum

5G is about consolidation of back end infrastructure and better use of channels simultaneously, even if on separate bands.

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Zilog reveals very, very distant heir to the Z80 empire

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Coat

Oh Reggie! Don't sell yourself short!

>> “provides a platform for developing a number of power management solutions such as electric vehicle chargers, air conditioning systems, high-power LED lighting, and wielding equipment.”

Okay, okay, that's not something many of you will use any time soon. <<

But I bet nearly all the folks developing this sort of stuff come here. After all Wireless World is gone.

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Y'know that ridiculously expensive Oculus Rift? Yeah, it just got worse

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Re: Facebook of all companies ...

Sure they do, monetising your private data by selling adverts. Not as well as Google, but far better than Twitter, Microsoft etc.

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Pirate

desire to create an entirely walled garden.

Just like Facebook.

Why COMPANIES, never mind consumers use Facebook is a mystery, but perhaps Amazon and eBay don't let you hire labourers, sell baby hedgehogs and weapons?

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ISP GMX attempts the nigh impossible: PGP for the masses

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Re: How long until it's illegal in the UK ?

April 2019

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OK Google, Alexa, why can't I choose my own safe, er, wake word?

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re: now voice recognition is more advanced,

Really? Or just more hyped and available?

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Twitter to take buyer bids

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Facepalm

BBC should buy it?

They behave like it's part of their org, or else why do they promote it when they have their own websites?

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It's time for Microsoft to revisit dated defaults

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Coffee/keyboard

Proper Windows installs

Twenty to forty minutes to 1st boot.

All day to change all the settings, most of which are stupid defaults for the majority and have been for 20 years.

Unless you have preconfigured images etc.

No wonder most consumers home PCs are badly set up. This is not just an AD problem, but historic to almost every configuration issue of Windows.

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After baffling Falcon 9 rocket explosion, SpaceX screams: Hands off our probe!

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Re:the wings could not provide enough lift

Hybrid aircraft, blimps, balloons, rigid airships, helicopters etc don't have wings providing enough lift.

What is needed is competent independent investigation of all accidents, especially explosions.

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Black Helicopters

Giant explosions & Rocket Launches.

Seems daft that FAA or some other independent of Politics and Manufacturer organisation doesn't do the investigating.

It should be treated more carefully and openly than an exploding aircraft, or by crazy logic are those only manufacturer investigated too?

The potential for cover ups or plain un-audited mistakes for self investigation is too high.

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A year living with the Nexus 5X – the good, the bad, and the Nougat

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Big Brother

Re: Re Battery Life: Where am I: GPS

I always know where I am. I am here.

I don't always know where other people are, because I am not God, Google, NSA etc...

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Google's hardware extravaganza: Ad giant takes on Sonos, Roku, Linksys, Amazon, Oculus... you name it

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Pirate

Google Wifi: a mesh system of routers aimed at stealing an emerging market.

Probably more aimed at "stealing" personal information.

Beware Geeks bearing gifts!

Though the Pixels are obviously not gifts at those aimed at rich prices.

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‘Andromeda’ will be Google’s Windows NT

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Google’s NT You mean BSODs? Actually, no

As an aside, the original NT was solid from 1993 to 1996, NT3.1, NT3.5 & NT3.51

MS broke it by starting to "migrate" Win9x features such as "video / print drivers in Kernel" and Autorun :)

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I want to launch thousands of drones, says Facebook's flying Wi-Fi router chief

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Bonkers

Why are these people allowed to to peddle this?

With 60,000ft altitude the range is massive, forget cellular style frequency reuse. With massive range the capacity per user drops.

Unless they going to use 400GHz to fixed LOS small dishes? Even so, one street of fibre is more capacity.

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Brit telcos plead with Ofcom: No one should own more than 30% of available spectrum

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Re: Simple solution

They could still charge licences for the retail / resellers, though really it's a tax on consumers, the cost gets passed on.

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700MHz

TV needs it, or else you give a win to Sky & cable forever.

Mobile doesn't need 700MHz and the part of 800MHz isn't as much use as 1800 in reality.

The way to better mobile is more smaller cells.

The 0.92 GHz to 2.1GHz bands are already badly utilised.

2.3GHz is fine for smaller cells.

The 2.3GHz and 3.4GHz good for femto cells, LTE should have ZERO access to WiFi band.

3.4GHz though is better for roof top LOS or open plan office femto than conventional mobile.

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Source code unleashed for junk-blasting Internet of Things botnet

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Pirate

Lack of regulation, blah, blah

Regulators and Government are "captured" by Telcos and Big Corporations. Thusly they avoid pro-actively enforcing existing privacy, SOGA and other consumer rights. They figure it's only worth bothering if the medja and a large number of activist voters protest,

Radio call in shows are a panacea, they only count OFFICIAL complaints, the actual department to complain to and the procedure are usually opaque.

This could be easily dealt with, products could lose CE / CSA / UL / FCC etc, companies and directors could be fined, as could importers and retailers. But Governments are not interested in enforcing EXISTING regulations.

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