* Posts by Kevin Johnston

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Two's company, Three's unbowed: You Brits will pay more for MMS snaps

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I got a MiFi (?) unit from 3 and that has a 100GB per month allowance and has both wifi and an ethernet port....That what you were looking for?

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Nominet drains mug of tea, leans back, calmly explains how to make Whois GDPR-compliant

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Oooh, here's an idea

Let the IP Lawyers have their access but as part of that, every time they search a domain the owner of the domain gets an alert with the lawyer's FULL details

Sauce for the goose...

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How 'parasitic' Google's 'We're journalists!' court defence was stamped into oblivion

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Re: The judge is an idiot!

Was coming here to make much the same comment. They cannot claim both the Journalist protection and also the 'Common Carrier' protection so one way or other they will get hammered out of this.

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Chrome 66: Get into the bin, auto-playing vids and Symantec certs!

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Paranoid or secure?

I have often wondered with all the conflicting information about Opensource vs MS/Apple and the browser wars etc etc etc

What if I go online and do lots of things and nobody monitors me or scrapes my data. Could I be that insignificant? It keeps me awake at night

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Cryptocoin investors sue Chase Bank for sky-high credit card charges

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Re: Coinbase doesn't allow credit card purchases.

Perhaps this is the cause of the muddied water and why Chase are blaming Coinbase. If the initial purchases were not being correctly identified by Coinbase, when they corrected their systems it flagged transactions as a currency purchase. It does seem odd though that if they have blocked all those other credit cards they should allow the cards from Chase to be used.

Or it could be this is yet another popcorn moment from the US Legal system

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Using Outlook? You should probably do some patching

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Re: Password managers and SSO...

and people look at me oddly when they realise I don't use our SSO product. Since I have Admin rights on some systems I figured it better if I struggle to remember my password once in a while rather that have someone get hold of my AD login credentials and be me on all those systems with no extra effort.

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They're back! 'Feds only' encryption backdoors prepped in US by Dems

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Re: Disinformation

You have missed the more probable reason

The backlog of phones is because the case each phone relates to is not significant enough to put any effort into (or to get them onto the 'must crack this phone' list) but collectively they help the cause for needing more powers. The repeated reference to this HUUUGE list is intended to bat away rational arguments from the people who see no need for those extra powers 'because terrrism/think of the children/pro-Trump/anti-Trump/furriners'*

*delete to select flavour of the day

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Slap visibility beacons on bikes so they can chat to auto autos, says trade body

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Re: No, it's not AI

My hatred of DRLs comes from the almost standard practise of having lights on the front and an illuminated dashboard but absolutely nothing showing at the back. I have come far too close to far too many who haven't realised that daylight has faded and that they should now be using real lights.

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UK data watchdog raids companies suspected of 11 million nuisance texts

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There are worse out there

A family member was offered short term call centre work which turned out ot be a company selling a package to prevent nuisance telephone calls, you know, just like Telephone Preference Service. Didn't last long but the fact they got away with it at all and made money was a sad indicator

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UK watchdog Ofcom tells broadband firms: '30 days to sort your speeds'

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If I remember my maths lessons correctly, if they have not selected the correct definition of average then well over half the UK consumers could be getting less than that awesome 34.6Mbit/s

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Rock-a-byte, baby: IoT tot-monitoring camera lets miscreants watch 10,000s of kids online

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A question...

Is there any basic security concept that they have implemented correctly or are they likely to become the model answer for 'How not to secure a networked device'?

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Teensy plastic shields are the big new thing in 2018's laptop crop

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"As for brand specific laptop docking stations... just don't go there."

Actually, and yes I do have the soapy flannel ready to wash my mouth out, Dell are very good here with the docking stations (port replicators for the picky) working on whole families of laptops and sometimes into new families too.

Pteh...a bubble went up my nose

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HomePod, you say? Sex sex sex, that's all you think about

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As a teen in the 70's I took great delight in very carefully copying some Japanese characters to make a poster for above my bed. The characters were on an 8" floppy disc sleeve and (according to BASF) translated to 'Insert Carefully'

It's not the words, it's the mind reading them

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Arrrgh! Put down the crisps! 'Ultra-processed' foods linked to cancer!

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Re: This is a perfect example of the press stating that correlation means causation...

I am reminded of a wonderful series on TV, 'Live and Loves of a She-Devil'...some amazing acting (despite Mr Waterman) and there was a scene which predicted this report.

A judge believed that peanut butter made people evil because everyone who was found guilty had eaten peanut butter in the period leading up to their trial. In almost every instance that was because they were on remand and it was served in the prison/remand centre they were held in.

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We already give up our privacy to use phones, why not with cars too?

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Re: Finance figures are a bit scary

But who is surprised by this? It is exactly the same model which allows those high-end mobiles to command prices now up to a thousand squids/bucks. Very few people would pay that up front but using 'easy terms' they are happy to pay all that plus more to get it for less that a couple of hundred a month with free calls thrown in 'for nuffink'.

It was at least 10 years ago now that I looked at the lease option for a car and when I went through the numbers, in essence I paid for the car over 4 years and then just handed it back...such a bargain.

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Getty load of this: Google to kill off 'View image' button in search

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Re: Bad bargaining

I always struggled with the difference between unlawful and illegal until someone explained that the first was a breach of statute or common law and the second...

was a sick bird

OK, I'm going

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I see you're writing a résumé?!.. LinkedIn parked in MS Word

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It rather destroys the purpose of a CV to sell yourself if you use the same words as everyone else.

So a prospective employer gets 25 CVs through the door for a role and 22 of them are almost identical, anyone care to guess which round file they are going into?

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Lauri Love judgment: Extradition would be 'oppressive' and breach forum bar

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Let's just say that recent activity by the US to trample over non-US legal systems (not just Love but also the Ireland Microsoft mails, Mr DotCom and suchlike) do little to endear them to citizens of other sovereign nations. US Law does NOT rule the world despite the beliefs of certain politicians/TLSs and Hollywood and once you are within the borders of another sovereign country you have to play by their rules (diplomatic immunity excepted)

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The Zuck promises to give you more local news – and so save the world

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I wonder

Could we convince them to use Southend News Network as a source? I know a few of the papers and other media types have bitten on some of their spoofs and it would be great of FB were to join that list

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Schrems can't throw collective sueball at Facebook but individual action OK

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I wonder

How long will it be before someone starts their own court action against Facebook in their own country? Perhaps the people from Austria who wanted to join his class action could launch their own case and simply have Max help them?

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IT 'heroes' saved Maersk from NotPetya with ten-day reinstallation bliz

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Re: I hope

They have at least been acknowledged which is already a huge leap forward from the normal management responses of "why did you not prevent this" and ""that's the IT budget blown for the next 5 years, cancel the refresh program and forget asking for any overtime money"

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What's GDPR? Survey suggests smaller firms living under rocks as EU privacy regs loom

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Re: GDPAhhh

Ask to speak to their Data Protection Officer...always goes down well.

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£60m, five years late... Tag criminal tagging as a 'catastrophic waste' of taxpayers' cash

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I Object

Could we please, please ban the phrase 'Lessons learned' because it is obvious to even the most dense of individuals that no lessons have been learned at all. The same processes will be repeated ad nauseum with the same failures resulting until the energy death of the Universe

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Facebook open-sources object detection work: Watch out, Google CAPTCHA

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Re: Google / Amazon search results

Careful there....once artificial bloody-mindedness happens who will need engineers?

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Playboy is suing Boing Boing over Imgur centrefold link

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Re: Get real?

Long standing gag about that......

How do you make a kilo of fatty tissue irresistible to men?

Put a nipple on it

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Heathrow Airport's local council prohibits drone flights from open spaces

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Difficult

This may be one of the few areas where a blanket ban can be justified to avoid challenges with geo-fencing smaller areas. Line of sight, which is the normal range limiter, would be a risk so on balance I think sadly that they may have this one right.

Not that I think the wording is anything other than offensive, it would have been just as acceptable to say something like 'No unmanned powered aircraft', there is no need to have all the legalese waffle attached

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UK exam chiefs: About the compsci coursework you've been working on. It means diddly-squat

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Re: CompSci without coursework

This...oh so many times this.

I was banned from assisting with homework as my efforts produced good answers but without the critical key words. I was advised that a wrong answer with the keywords was worth more marks than a right answer without them.

How the hell is that right? On a couple of instances in college I produced a more compact working solution than the model answer in digital design work. Under the current rules I would have failed each module for that

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The healing hands of customer support get an acronym: Do YOU have 'tallah-toe-big'?

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Very much on topic (how odd)

A friend and I went to a motorbike dealer (a woderfully named place - Dave Death Motorcycles) as the horn on his had stopped working. The man himself came out and pushed the button with no result so he called his wizened mechanic who came out, pushed the button and the horn blew ours ears off. He then gave us a look and went back to his coffee.

Some people just have it

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Social network smacks back: Accusers say it helps recruiters target age-groups in job ads

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Re: Is some age targeting appropriate?

Why should the kids get away with no adverts...make them suffer like us grumpy old gits

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UK.gov pushes ahead with legal right to 10Mbps

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Stringing Fibre

If memory serves there have been two UK-wide projects to spread fibre. One rack along railway lines and the other wound the fibre around the ground line on pylons. I recall seeing an wonderful Heath Robinson device which pulled itself along the cable slowly rotating as it went feeding the fibre out like a spider.

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Autsch! Germany slaps Facebook in its abusive little face for 'limitlessly amassing data'

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Re: If they are breaking the Law

The 'Abuse of market dominance' is a simpler hook to hang the investigation on. Once you start unwrapping the FUD you may find the activity is in breach of laws or you may find that it just keeps within the lines. If you do it the other way round then as soon as you see the law isn't being broken the investigation stops.

Bit like the TV Referee/Umpire....it is all down to how you ask the question as to how much they check

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Former ZX Spectrum reboot project man departs

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I was working in a Systems Test environment when the ZX81 came out as a DIY option. One of the prototyping engineers bought one and it failed to work. He sent it off and when a replacement arrived there was a note saying he had failed to follow the instructions correctly and mis-assembled it

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Brit MP Dorries: I gave my staff the, um, green light to use my login

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Re: What's the password?

.n one of my many (but brief) sojourns on the HellDesk I has a user call who had forgotten their password. After going through the relevant process to validate they were who they said they were (like I could really prove it one way or the other), I told them their password was changed....cue the loop and a quiet word from the team leader that while amusing it was not good form to wind up the users.

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Google to crack down on apps that snoop

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Standards?

So, how much of this is down to sloppy coding standards and how much to opportunists?

I wanted a spirit level app so had a look at the various offerings and most of them wanted 'Access all Areas' permissions. Now I can understand some developers trying it on but that seemed more like the SDK throws in some basic headers which request full access and you are expected to trim it to what you actually need.

Maybe an app dev can enlighten me here?

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Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the failest mobe of all?

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Missing information

While I understand the idea of Apple vs Android, it would be more usable if the Android side of the house was broken down by Manufacturer. As mentioned above, there is enough variation in the flavour of Android across the manufacturers (and other 'bonus' software) that some of the issues may well be home-grown and despite to OS rather than because of it

edited to remove multiple typos

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Lauri Love appeal: 'If he's dead, no victim's going to get anything'

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Crown Prosecution Service?

As someone who spends too much time watching Road Wars and the like, can we assume that the CPS will maintain their Quality of Service?

On those programs there are repeated instances where a 'Young Gentleman' (other potential offenders are available) is seen on camera conducting himself in a manner which is just not cricket and fails to take into account the wonderful well-reasoned laws of the Land of Hope and Glory. At the end of the program there is then a brief update on the people seen and an astonishing result of 'No further actions as CPS did not offer any evidence' can be heard all too often.

If being able to watch it happen on prime time TV isn't enough evidence for them to get off their chairs then a case based on locating presence of intent to support extradition should have them settling back for another kip on the couch.

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The End of Abandondroid? Treble might rescue Google from OTA Hell

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Re: What About It Moto? @RJ1

Bit like the latest barrage of Mr Bacon adverts for an Apple watch that ONLY works on EE...I'm sorry, what? So this piece of expensive well crafted deluxe wristwear requires me to pay you to check what the time is?

Really don't understand how that is supposed to be encouraging people to buy, sounds more like a Ratner moment.

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Forget Sesame Street, scientists pretty much watched Big Bird evolve on Galápagos island

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So this 'Separate species' question

Where do Lions and Tigers fit in that? The can interbreed (OK, only in captivity due to rather different location) with fertile offspring yet we are assured they are different species.

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Abolish the Telly Tax? Fat chance, say MPs at non-binding debate

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Re: Telly Tax or Adverts

I tried watching Channel 4 online as I didn't have access to a TV and it would not allow me unless I disabled my Ad-blocker. So, set up a VM and jump through all the hoops, go to the catch-up and not only were there ads all over the page but I had to sit through all the 'broadcast' Ads too as I wasn't able to skip through the timeline to the point I wanted. Made the mistake of trying to pause while I made a coffee and it stopped the session and I had to start all over again.

I'm amazed the BBC haven't bought the site as an upgrade to iPlayer.

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Wizarding World of Harry Potter awaits Microsoft Office exam winners

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Re: Harry who?

Why be unhappy? It means that when they turn to you for help you can offer vague suggestions with the tag 'but I am not sure if MS Office can do that'

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Mythical broadband speeds to plummet in crackdown on ISP ads

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Advertising Standards

It seems those standards are low but the ASA are proudly announcing that they are now out of the gutter and laying in the road instead.

While it is good that there has been a change you wonder how this rates as an improvement as they have been given clear permission to continue re-interpreting words to enhance the appearance of their offerings. Do you think I would get off a speeding ticket if I could show my average speed was within the stated limit?

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It was El Reg wot won it: Bing banishes bogus Brit bank banner ad

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Good job they didn't use a real location like 'The Buildings, West Sussex'...lovely little hamlet although rural enough they probably only have wet string for broadband connections.

It's not far from The Haven and Dragon's Green. Such wonderful names they used unlike up in Cumbria where they have no imagination and there are at least 12 'New Biggings' and two of them are only a few miles apart

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Another UAV licence price hike? Commercial drone fliers rage over consultation

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Stunning Logic here

So, you have a law-abiding section of the community that are willing to pay a fee to comply with Air Regulations yet rather than encouraging more people to join that group you decide to dun them with ever increasing fees. Wow

This comes from the same school of thought as 'All holidays are cancelled until morale improves'.

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Car tax evasion has soared since paper discs scrapped

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Actually no....The tax and duties on fuel are around 200% of the fuel value. They way it is talked about is a ruse to understate that since the 61% you mention is the proportion of the pump price. That means when it was £1 per litre, the raw fuel cost was 39p and the tax and duties were 61p. All the companies in the delivery chain from the original refinery got the VAT back from the next in the line but the poor (and rapidly poorer) motorist paid for everyone.

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Help desk declared code PEBCAK and therefore refused to help!

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Re: Memory Issues

A couple of medical ones from round our way were

Acopia - Inability to cope

TBC - Total Body Crumble

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Windows Update borks elderly printers in typical Patch Tuesday style

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Re: SatNad is really skimping on software testing, isn't he?

Oh, I thought AR was Alternative Reality

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Crap London broadband gets the sewer treatment

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Hopefuly

they will be able to handle an increasing number of data dumps

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EU court advised: Schrems is a consumer in Facebook case, but can't file class-action

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Re: So it seems like the ECJ just outlawed class action

They seem to have contradicted themselves as they first imply that you cannot take advantage of an existing lawsuit (I may not have expressed that well) but then go on to talk about concentration of of claims in one jurisdiction. My reading of that would be that other people in Austria could join yet there were some in the group looking to join the class-action.

Clearly, I am not a lawyer, they would respond to you by saying something like 'that will need some consideration, €500 per hour please'

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BlackBerry Motion: The Phone That Won't Die

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So...

Could 'Blackberry' have found it's new niche?

Good enough phones which can take on the Duracell Bunny? This could actually be a smart move as it will fit a sizable group of people that are fed-up with needing to charge the phone every night to avoid it running out on the afternoon of day 2 and is still able to do everything they need and some more beyond?

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Shiver me timbers! 67cm Playmobil pirate ship sets sail for Caribbean

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Wow

Awesome community project and

"another one for Curtis"

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