* Posts by the Jim bloke

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Paris nightclub red-faced after booze-for-boobs offer exposed

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Re: In the sake of fairness, let's hear both sides....

There are only ever two sides to any argument

Mine,

and the others.

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Raising minimum wage will raise something else: An army of robots taking away folks' jobs

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Cognitive dissonance

Opening paragraph of the article

.... non-profit.. econ wonks..

Are they just not very good at their jobs ?

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OpenAI bot bursts into the ring, humiliates top Dota 2 pro gamer in 'scary' one-on-one bout

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Re: not as it seems

and this is why the first step for a smart AI is

eliminate the humans

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Re: Now CLOWN shadows ...

Vampires as modern media has them aren't scary, unless you define despairing about the direction of human progress as scary.

The genre of "paranormal romance" is actually barnyard porn, with people as the animals.

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Amazon recalls dodgy solar eclipse shades that offer no eye protection

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Boffin

used to have a flatmate who was an optometrist

.. back in my distant yoof..

He once said that following a solar eclipse he could see the image burnt into the back of peoples eyeballs...

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Microsoft does something unusual in Australia: Names the bit barn hosting Azure

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Common mistake

Thinking the government and Australia have more than a passing relationship

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Antarctica declared world's most volcanic region as 91 new cones found beneath ice

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Re: Interesting...

Those poor antediluvian bacteria and virusesess (no actual plural apparently) are a serious concern - having spent so long in a constrained and sheltered environment, they will not have developed mechanisms to defend themselves against the wider, more competitive ecosystem.

The delicate little darlings will poke their metaphorical heads out of the ice caverns, look around... and get steamrolled by a deluge of modern hyper-aggressive - possibly even genetically modified and weaponized if you believe in those - microfauna .

Virgin field epidemic.

We must act to protect and preserve these prehistoric relics !

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Alien 'lava lamp' with dying magnetic field orbited Earth a billion years ago – science

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Can't they send some people up there and just not bring them back?

There is no shortage of candidates,

and sending back random rocks instead will provide a greater benefit to humanity than most of our so-called leadership provide

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Google and its terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week in full

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Re: Now you see

The greatest crime the "world wide web" has committed, is giving stupid people a voice.

My view on the existence of social media,

it puts almost all the stupid people in one place, where they can be conveniently ignored.

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Firmware update blunder bricks hundreds of home 'smart' locks

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IoT - where the S really is for Security

I dont recall who or where (apart from being a thread here) this was posted originally, but its worth repeating

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Google's macho memo man fired, say reports

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Discrimination used to mean choosing the best

and it was good to be a person of discriminating taste.

It was only by specifically referring to 'bad' value scales - racial, gender, religion, age, .. choose your favourite victim status.. that it becomes a negative. Then lazy people leave off the qualifier, and in not too long an interval, ANY kind of discrimination gets you consigned to the circle of hell next to where they keep people who talk in theaters.

There is a case for affirmative action/positive discrimination - when a group is unfairly selected against, but it should not cause an objectively inferior candidate to 'win' over a more suited choice.

Every person is the center of their own universe, and will interpret any judgement from that perspective.

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China can't find anyone smart enough to run its whizzbang $180m 1,640ft radio telescope

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Requires advanced mathematical ability

- or many many more fingers

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A sarcasm detector bot? That sounds absolutely brilliant. Definitely

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But Shirley

You just need to look for the sarcasm font..

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US Homeland Security CIO hits ctrl-alt-delete after just three months

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99 green bottles hanging on the wall..

99 green bottles hanging on the wall

99 green bottles hanging on the wall

And if one green bottle should accidentally fall,

There'll be 98 green bottles hanging on the wall.

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FUKE NEWS: Robot snaps inside drowned Fukushima nuke plant

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Re: Time for some clever industrial design.

Problem with kids today, always wanting instant gratification.

Put a fence around it (for given values of "fence"), and come back "when its done".

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US vending machine firm plans employee chip implant scheme

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Re: Not a good plan?

I see an emerging market for jackets/hoodies with "RFID Proof" pockets, along the lines of the wallets currently being flogged to mugs.

icon..

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And does it also unlock the front door ?

So while your're incompetent, it tells some random stranger where you live and bypasses your security..

.. kind of like having your address on your drivers license and carrying your house keys...

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Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook blow massive amounts lobbying Trump administration

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Re: Erratum...

further correction

"So you can expect to see Google and friends spending more and more of their hard-earned cash attempting to align lawmakers with their interests."

to

"So you can expect to see Google and friends spending a slightly larger fraction of their profits from selling your preferences and history on attempting to align lawmakers with their interests."

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Uber, Twitter's legal eagles gather to wring claws about bro culture

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Nuke the entire culture from orbit - its the only way to be sure

just sayin'

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Security robot falls into pond after failing to spot stairs or water

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Re: I'm thinking...(ED-209)

its obvious.

Any citizen standing in front of a law enforcement device whilst it is discharging its weapon(s) is clearly guilty of obstructing justice.

Please report to a re-education facility for attitude correction.

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So who was responsible for its locomotion design?

I thought even roombas could recognise stairs/dropoffs and refuse to proceed.

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'Millions of IoT gizmos' wide open to hijackers after devs drop gSOAP

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Requires an incentive

While anything that increases big brothers ability to interfere with citizens lives is bad, this appears to call for some legal enforcement.

Something similar to existing consumer protection laws, Device must be fit for purpose and free of defects.. Applying this to Internet of Tat (dont call it 'shit', cause S can be for security)

Any internet connected device determined to have a software vulnerability to be patched, or purchase price refunded by the retailer. Sunset clause based on reasonable life expectancy of device.

This will punish retailers for flogging such rubbish, and eventually the reputable ones will start putting pressure on suppliers to improve quality. As has been said countless times here, you cant rely on the end-users.

Still wont stop fly-by-night / back of van vendors, but if you buy from those, you deserve what you get.

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UK regulator set to ban ads depicting bumbling manchildren

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Request for the article author

.. to actually include a mention of which nation is implementing the policy?

Obviously not the Yanks, pretty sure stupid advertising companies are sacred over there and can only be tried or regulated under church law,. and probably not mainland european, but there are lots of similarities in flavour between Oz and UK government (race to the bottom? one sport where the poms are probably winning)

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UK government's war on e-cigs is over

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Not health but nuisance

From the sound of this, vaping is becoming the equivalent of personal music, and currently going through the boom-box phase of annoying everybody around you. With the right additives it can progress to the ipod phase - where users wander around totally unaware of their surroundings.

I support the rights of informed adults to to pursue behaviours detrimental to their own health provided they dont impact on others - this includes employees in a workplace eg waiters/barstaff, or increased medical burden on society as a whole.

However.I am morally opposed to people enjoying themselves.

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Re: Jesus, NO!

We regularly get advisory notices around our mining camps telling people to shower with the bathroom doors closed -

because the steam sets off the fire alarms and security have to respond.

Other occasions of intense humidity - post cyclone / tropical rain bearing depressions, the fire alarms around camp just go off spontaneously from the humidity - in a sad and waterlogged chorus from random directions.

Ah, the joys of working in the tropics.

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Russia launches non-TERRIFYING satellite that focuses Sun's solar rays onto Earth

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My first thought was "surely botnets dont need dedicated command satellites?"

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User left unable to type passwords after 'tropical island stress therapy'

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Re: Fake nails

Totally unrelated to IT, but a few years back the missus and I were on holiday in NZ. She had just had fake nails attached - whatever the terminology is - and one of our activities was "Black Water Rafting", which was going caving along an underground stream, with various bits of swimming, floating on truck inner tubes, and scrambling/crawling. The tour organiser provided wetsuits (very cold water) and gumboots (NZ national dress ?) which we put on before leaving the tour depot.

The fun arose when the missus couldn't get her wetsuit on over the fake nails. Many options were tried, and we eventually cut them back using the wirecutters on my leatherman - not an easy task.

Missus was not impressed.

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Physicists send supersonic shock waves rippling through a lab

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Re: not to be pedantic, but..

First thing I noticed was the splash image.

"Artist's impression of a shock wave"

really.

Speed of sound would vary with atmospheric density - so not even the same from sea level to randomly chosen mountain top.

In terms of relevance its equivalent to cubits per lunchbreak, or double decker buses per long weekend - although that can be a measure of frequency as well as velocity - which makes it more versatile as a standard.

So using it is an arbitrary term to help explain things to idiots....

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Sleuths unearth 'Panic Mode' in Android, set off by mashing back button

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Had a TV remote app on my Note 4

said app could be activated from the lock screen without entering PIN - I can see their reasoning, BUT a shit update had the app putting an impenetrable overlay on top of the pin screen, and the power off menu too once i activated that.

Took a couple of occurrences to identify the cause - and remove the app, but the immediate fix was ripping out the battery.

This is just an example why users need an absolute hardware kill option - and how they work.

The panic button is a second rate solution which sounds like it wont even be implemented by most suppliers.

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Bonkers call to boycott Raspberry Pi Foundation over 'gay agenda'

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LGBTQIXYZαβΩ§Æ¿

a comment from my brother in law..

First they stole our rainbow,

..then they stole our alphabet

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Ubuntu 'weaponised' to cure NHS of its addiction to Microsoft Windows

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Re: The city of Munich tried this

Are you talking about windows or Linux?

From my memory of the article, it was some HR department whinging about Linux, which has got to be a positive recommendation, and possibly even intentional.

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America throws down gauntlet: Accept extra security checks or don't carry laptops on flights

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Compromising passengers safety

As a potential passenger I want an assurance from the airline that they will not deliberately expose me to life threatening hazards or theft or damage to my property.

Lithium battery fires are known events, which are not controllable in a cargo hold. Valuable possessions beyond my physical presence are subject to theft, interference and mishandling without any meaningful defense.

If someone is planning to destroy an airplane mid-flight then they will either be an incompetent nutter - underpants bomber, or have their shit together and be smarter than the fast food industry rejects staffing the screening posts.

Ideally our benevolent big brother will know everything going on and stifle any acts of terrorism before they develop beyond mild grumbling about the poor quality of reality TV, with airport security screening to catch the ones who evade the monitoring. But a sufficiently devious psychopath - or gullible fool, may get through and smuggle an undetectable device onto a plane.

This is unlikely.

Fires in modern digital equipment - Does happen.

Checked baggage broken, stolen - unavoidable.

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Windows 10 Creators Update preview: Lovin' for Edge and pen users, nowt much else

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Re: Fall Creators Update

I buy a new car expecting the control interface to be the same as what I have been trained on, and that the car will respond to MY control, not the manufacturer...

Perhaps I am just not going to be buying a new car for the immediate future.

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HPE to staff: 'We are PERMANENTLY clipping your costs'

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Cutting Meals

Stop feeding your employees, and eventually you can stop paying them...

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IBM marketeers rub out chopper after visit from CEO Ginni

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Re: Choppering out the Execs -- Priceless. Cost of the Parachute -- AUUUUGHHH

At Last..

A use for the Zimbabwe Dollar..

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Class clowns literally classless: Harvard axes meme-flinging morons

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Re: It's called "drawing the line"

" and they will still be testing boundaries to find levels of societal acceptability."

Yep.

Found em..

As supposedly intelligent young adults they need to be aware of what they can get away with, and where... and anything associated with a professional organisation or status vendor is not the place to show how hard core politically incorrect you can be.

Stupidity is its own reward

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Europe to upgrade its continental GPS

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GNSS accuracy

Apart from minimally adequate hardware components in consumer smartphones, the main source of perceived inaccuracy using satellite navigation is the same as almost every other flaw in the modern world.

Reality is failing to comply with the way we want things to be.

Early computer games notwithstanding, the world is not shaped like a donut or toilet roll (depending on whether you could move directly from south to north edge, or just east-west). Despite the lies-we-tell-to-children, it is not a sphere, or an egg, or a (aussie rules/rugby/american) football, or a pumpkin.

Initiates of the mysteries know that the true shape of the world... is like a potato.

As this isnt something that can be easily mathematically modeled, a number of best-fit approximations have been created, appropriate to different regions of the potato. A common trap for novices is using the model for some other part of the world. As we accumulate observations on the real shape of the world, these models are refined, and at intervals put into public use - Australia is about to move onto GDA 2020, (apart from our capital which is still running on AGD 66).

Even these best fit models need further kludges to get close to the shape of the potato, so there is what is called the N value or separation, which is a database of the local differences between the model and the potato, on an 1.8 km grid over all of Australia - (dont know how others handle it)

None of this was relevant before we started spinning satellites around, or tried measuring back from them to where we were standing.

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Japanese cops arrest their first ransomware-slinging menace – er, a 14-year-old school boy

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Consequences happen

I follow the 'heads on sticks' school of legal thought. You will never catch all the criminals, so make disproportionate examples of the ones you do catch, to give the others something to think about - not effective for 14 year olds but eventually it will do some good.

Any punishment should not only take into account intended results but also any unintended damages.

If he is shutting down businesses, the financial cost should go to him, if he is locking up personal computers, he should make amends to the people involved. If he is preventing his peers from accessing social media... he should get a scholarship and a job when he graduates.

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Amazon granted patent to put parachutes inside shipping labels

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This does have potential

They could dispense with the drones, and just fire your parcel directly from an artillery base/distribution warehouse. sticky-taping a handkerchief to the label will ensure safe delivery to the correct address and all will be wonderful.

This is probably worthy of a patent in its own right.

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Utah fights man's attempt to marry laptop

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If its a Win 10 laptop

Then he's going to be the one wearing the wedding dress

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Whoops! Microsoft accidentally lets out a mobile-'bricking' OS update

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Microsoft App Store achieves a major win

it keeps you safe from unnecessary toenail measuring apps.

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Android apps punched out by Judy malware

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While I initially agreed, the idea that only google whitelisted ads would be connected is one of the things wrong with the modern web.

Google has too much control over what gets seen on the web, both blocking content that doesnt pay their extortion and pushing rubbish we dont want because it has paid said extortion.. yet there is definitely a need to block malicious content - as far away from the end user as possible.

Third party filters are also a problem - just who is trustworthy?

Too hard for me, think I want to take up gardening

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Horse named 'Cloud Computing' finds burst of speed to beat 'Classic Empire' in actual race

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"Cloud Computing inexplicably stops 3/4 of the way through the race..."

meanwhile, in totally unrelated news, local council workers dig through fibre optic cable..

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And finally, monsieur, a wafer-thin hologram ... Sir, it is only wafer thin

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needs clarification of terminology

From reading the headline, it sounded like some body had succesfully reduced whats supposed to be a 3 D image back to almost 2 dimensions.... WHY?

Further reading hints - without clearly stating - they are talking about a projector, not the image.

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Kill Google AMP before it KILLS the web

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Re: Don't be evil

Definition of 'evil' (Google special dictionary)

missing out on any opportunity for profit or extent of influence.

Google is even more strongly determined to "not be evil" than ever before.

Other definitions of 'evil' include - less pervasive than Microsoft

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Bye bye MP3: You sucked the life out of music. But vinyl is just as warped

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Re: Loudness wars

The problem is actually selection bias.

Mainstream/commercial recordings are aimed at idiots. I lack the tolerance to listen to whats offered on the radio these days.

Independent/Muso releases are more likely to sound the way the performers intended - for some genres that will be loud and flat, but in that case its supposed to be that way.

If you want quality, exercise discrimination, and avoid the smelly masses.

Its hipster terrritory but they will never be as uncool as me, no matter how hard they try.

(icon for grey straggly beard)

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After stiffing us with Trump, Weiner 'fesses to underage cock shot rot

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Re: Truth or Consequences

"- and because this is America, nobody has ever tried to help him overcome the problem or seek treatment "

I thought everyone in the US had a therapist, (except for the ones who dont) and Merkins embraced psykeye-ettry the way asians do herbal medicine.

used to be called stereotyping, current buzzword is unconscious racism?

Of course if someone is being paid to work on an issue, it may not be in their financial interest to FIX that issue...

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Proposed PATCH Act forces US snoops to quit hoarding code exploits

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So..

If they can decree that X vulnerability must be patched, does it mean they can also decree Y vulnerability may NOT be patched ?

There is a wide disconnect between the interests of those exercising power (as distinct from 'running the show'), and the general public.

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Police anti-ransomware warning is hotlinked to 'ransomware.pdf'

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They obviously lack IT skills

Otherwise they would have made up something on Flash

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Samsung Galaxy S8+: Seriously. What were they thinking?

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Thanks for the review - S8 is no longer of interest

Although having to follow the specs link to verify the battery was non removable was a minor annoyance, actually including a link to specs is better than some reviews that only link to marketing ...( need a word for something bright and sparkly that is actually fetid runny shit ). That may be more Samsungs credit than the reviewers.

Losing bezel real-estate seems a negative - my note 4 lives inside an Otterbox case and has survived years of abuse, the missus actually uses 2 Nokia Lumia 1520s because she is constantly breaking the screens and always has one in being fixed (strange woman - actually prefers windows phone)... anyway, i am not seeing how this 'edge' thing is compatible with a good protective case.

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