* Posts by qwertyuiop

224 posts • joined 15 Jun 2009

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Don't panic, but your Bitcoins may just vanish into the ether next month

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Re: Misleading Title

So a typical El Reg headline then?

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NASA flies plane through Earthly shadow of Kuiper Belt object

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Re: Conspiracy theory

"...2014 MU69 was struck by Voyager 1... - it just pulled out in front of me, no warning. It didn't use its mirrors or signal.

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Ubuntu Linux now on Windows Store (for Insiders)

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Trollface

Aaah, MENSA...

In my experience a bunch of arrogant shits who seem to think they're better than everybody else.

Who does that remind me of?

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

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Re: "pushing LGBTQI"

No! I am qwerty!

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Don't panic, but Linux's Systemd can be pwned via an evil DNS query

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Trollface

But isn't this how it's done?

...Linux already has a bunch of DNS resolvers...

But I thought that was what you were supposed to do in Linux: if you don't like something - regardless of whether it works or not - you go out and write your own version so that we find ourselves with endless variations on a theme.

<duck>

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Men charged with theft of free newspapers

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Re: This is England. We use common sense here.

You can commit "theft by finding":

Theft by finding occurs when someone who chances upon an object which seems abandoned and takes possession of the object but fails to take steps to establish whether the object is abandoned and not merely lost or unattended. - Wikipedia

For example, if you take something from a skip (dumpster for our American cousins) because you think it's worth having then technically you can be charged with theft by finding - even though the original owner clearly no longer wants it. You're supposed to ask the owner's permission before you take it.

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Social media vetting for US visas go live

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Ummm... it's your personal data so you can choose to do anything you want with it. The EU got stroppy because it was proposed that your data be handed over by a third-party - the airline - whether you wanted them to or not.

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Cybercrooks charging more than the price of a new car for undetectable Mac malware

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WTF?

Of course it's expensive!

We all know that iThings are stupidly expensive versus their actual component cost so it stands to reason that iMalware will be expensive.

Does it have rounded corners?

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iPhone lawyers literally compare Apples with Pears in trademark war

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Facepalm

Re: Dear Apple.

...enough Apple Corp "fans"...

Except that it isn't Apple Corps doing this! It's Apple (the computer company) which took the action and has the fanbois. Apple Corps Ltd is the multimedia corporation which the members of The Beatles founded in 1968. The name is a pun.

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Revealed: UK councils shrug at privacy worries, strap on body cams

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What if I object?

Hmmm... I'm not an expert on the Data Protection Act and so I'd welcome an opinion from somebody who is, but I'd like to know how this is legal if I object to being filmed.

I believe that video of me in which I can be identified is considered to be "personal data" within the meaning of the Data Protection Act (and the General Data Protection Regulation). In order to collect my personal data you must (a) inform me that you're going to do so, (b) inform me of the purposes for which you're gathering it and (c) obtain my consent to process it.

So if I decline to give my consent how is it legal for you to film me?

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2009 IBM: Teleworking will save the WORLD! 2017 IBM: Get back to the office or else

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Re: You answered your own question

"...where an old school CEO or COO...'suddenly' decides to stop remote working..."

Or in the case of a company I worked for, the CEO and several other C-level managers decided the company needed to relocate from London to a scenic spot on the south coast. This caused huge disruption for a large number of staff for whom relocation wasn't an option due to family or other considerations.

Of course the fact that the senior managers responsible for the decision were all approaching retirement age and were able to set themselves up very nicely in new homes, aided by the relocation package, was a total coincidence!

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God save the Queen... from Donald Trump. So say 1 million Britons

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FAIL

...hacks at The Register are guessing is the most popular to have ever graced the site...

No, the most popular petition to date was the post-Brexit one http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-government-rejects-eu-referendum-petition-latest-a7128306.html.

<sigh>I know I'm just a grumpy old git but I remember the days when hacks did some research instead of just guessing.

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Xmas software update knackered US Customs computer systems

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Re: Nope, your terminology is wrong

I haven't been through Atlanta in a few years now, but it used to be that baggage reclaim was a publicly accessible area due to the weird layout of the gates/immigration/customs/etc.

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CERT tells Microsoft to keep EMET alive because it's better than Win 10's own security

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Re: Great point he's making

Ummm... I don't get this.

Why should every new version of an OS support every bit of software that ever ran on previous versions?

The world moves on, technology moves on. A payroll or accounting package that was released back in 2001 alongside XP may no longer be compatible with modern legislation/requirements (electronic submission of returns to HMRC for example) so you'd need to update/replace it anyway.

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User needed 40-minute lesson in turning it off and turning it on again

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Re: Can you hold down the power button

No. It's an HP EliteBook 820. My employer's choice, not mine.

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qwertyuiop

Re: Can you hold down the power button

It's an HP EliteBook 820 - about three (?) years old. Is that old enough?

(Chosen by my employer, not me.)

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qwertyuiop
WTF?

Re: Can you hold down the power button

...it's the big key with 'Enter' printed on it ...

Hmmm... I've worked in IT for longer than many of the readers have been alive so I hope I know at least a little bit about it. However I'm looking at my keyboard and I can't see a key with "Enter" written on it. Should I just continue using the big L-shaped key with a bent left-pointing arrow on it instead?

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New measurement alert. The Pogba: 1,200Pg = NHS annual budget

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Re: Value

And don't forget that as soon as Brexit is complete we'll have an extra 3.92 pogbas a week to spend on the NHS!

It must be true - Boris said so!

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UK fintech firm reaches for Ireland Brexit escape hatch

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Re: @johnaaronrose

...Or take it up to 1% of GDP for extra bragging rights...

So that's effectively a cut then given that the economy will probably tank.

(And, before somebody weighs in with "Oh there may be a few difficult years but then it will pick up", maybe that's true - but how long will it take to recover the ground lost in those "few" years?)

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British jobs for British people: UK tech rejects PM May’s nativist hiring agenda

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...from countries so poor... - so they're less likely to be from any of the other 27 EU states and more likely to be from ROTW, If that's the case then we already had the ability to control how many came into the country becuase they weren't covered by FOM.

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qwertyuiop

I totally agree. The real problem is that if it turns out that staying in the EU really is the best option* then what government would be brave enough to go back to the electorate with that proposition?

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qwertyuiop

@Tom I don't think it's as simple as that. The problem is that those who voted to leave had a huge variety of reasons for doing so and are therefore a disparate group. They wanted everything from "soft Brexit" based possibly on the Norwegian or Swiss models through to the hardest possible Brexit severing absolutely every kind of tie with the EU and setting up deals (eventually) with every individual nation in the world. There was also everything in-between. Those of us who voted to say had a pretty consistent view by contrast.

Given the huge range of views of the Brexiteers how do you possibly negotiate? Which particular constituency do you try to please? Go too soft and you'll alienate the hard liners, go too hard and you'll alienate the soft Bexiteers.

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Roboats hunt 'mines' and 'submarines' on Ex Unmanned Warrior

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Mushroom

Re: Machiavelli on troops

Broadly speaking I'd agree, but there are some notable exceptions. The Ghurkas have an outstanding record of service in the British Army going back almost 200 years, and the Légion étrangère (the vast majority of whose members aren't French) have an equally outstanding record in serving France.

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Command line coffee machine: Hacker shuns app so he can stay at the keyboard for longer

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Coat

Re: I feel inadequate

"...and two knobs.." fnaar!

Mine's the one with a copy of Viz in the pocket...

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Astronauts on long-haul space flights risk getting 'space brains'

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WTF?

What problem?

Haven't they heard of tin-foil hats? Problem solved!

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An anniversary to remember: The world's only air-to-air nuke was fired on 19 July, 1957

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Re: @Phil O'Sophical

Ummm... the Panama Canal opened in 1914, so I doubt they were considering nukes as a way of building it!

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Cycling paramedics in epic rush to save patient who ate stale sandwich

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Re: Do you have a life threatening condition?

On a point of pedantry, if you are genuinely allergic to gluten (actually it's an intolerance not an allergy) then eating something that contains gluten is NOT life threatening. You ARE going to have an unpleasant 24 - 48 hours afterwards and will be unwell for another 3 - 6 months but you are NOT going to die. I speak as somebody who was diagnosed with Coeliac disease 25 years ago and who has been following a gluten-free diet ever since. (Don't get me started on hipsters who choose to follow a gluten-free diet...)

But otherwise, yes, I agree with you.

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Linus Torvalds in sweary rant about punctuation in kernel comments

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REM?

Surely the way to indicate a comment is with an asterisk in column 8?

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Data protection, Brexit and campaigners: Privacy policy? Eh?

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Re: Note to author

The article comes from Amberhawk Training's own website: the words "Amberhawk Training" in the title are a link and it's explicitly credited at the end of the article. Therefore in the original context writing in the first person is entirely appropriate. I've got no idea how it comes to be on El Reg - maybe they nicked it, maybe there's an agreement to share content.

I happen to know that it was written by Dr. Chris Pounder who is one of the UK's leading experts on UK Data Protection law. I've had the pleasure of being taught by him and of hearing him speak several times. Even if I hadn't known that it would have taken about one second to click on the title link or three seconds to Google "Amberhawk Training" and find out.

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South Korea to upgrade national stereo defence system for US$16m

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Go

Time to get this out of storage

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-wall-of-sound

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Bank in the UK? Plans afoot to make YOU liable for bank fraud

qwertyuiop

Why do you think an over the counter transaction is more secure?

Some years ago my wife had her bag stolen while we were in a restaurant. It contained all of her bank and credit cards, and a cheque book (don't ask!). We reported the theft to the police and to the bank as soon as it was discovered - which would have been 1 hour at most after it took place. Bank took all the details, sent a "Loss Questionnaire" to complete and said the card was cancelled. A replacement card arrived within a couple of days.

Imagine her horror two weeks later when she withdrew some cash from an ATM and checked her balance only to discover it was almost zero rather than the fairly healthy sum she expected.

Subsequent investigation showed that somebody - either the bag thief or whoever they'd sold the cards on to - had made repeated withdrawals by cheque made out to "Self" over the counter in branches of the bank. Each withdrawal had been for more than the card limit, which means that checks should have been made each time. Not only that but more than one withdrawal had been made each day which (in the case of cheques to self) is supposed to be impossible.

All of that in branches of the bank - so much for security!

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Database admin banned from Oxford Street for upskirt filming

qwertyuiop

On the other hand...

Jimmy Saville

Dave Lee Travis

Paul Gadd (Gary Glitter)

Max Clifford

*NOT* immigrants

BIGGER perverts than this Bulgarian or does the fact that they're British make it OK?

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SpaceX is go for US military GPS sat launch, smashes ULA monopoly

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Re: Reassuringly Expensive...

...ULA has long traded on it's (admittedly very good) ability to use Russian rocket technology to achieve its launch-success record...

TFTFY

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Universal Credit at high risk of cyber-attack, fraud from the outset

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Re: One question : are those "responsible" still in place ?

"Had this monstrosity gone live..."

Ummm... it has gone live, albeit in a very restricted way.

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qwertyuiop

Re: Why this does not surprise me

Hmmm... I'm reminded of a very old (WW2) joke about two former school chums who meet up in a bar. One is a Captain in the Army, the other a Wing Commander in the RAF.

They talk about their different "jobs" and the Captain says he would love to see a Spitfire (I told you it was an old joke!), so the Wing Commander arranges for him to visit his squadron.

When the Captain arrives the Wingco takes him out and shows him the beautiful work of art that is a Spitfire and they climb up and look inside the cockpit. He explains the use of the various instruments and controls. The Captain looks astonished and then turns to him and says "What? You have to deal with all of that on your own? In battle? And no competent NCO to help you?".

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Domino's trials trundling four-wheeled pizza delivery bot

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Unhappy

The end of an era

This could mark the end of whole "pizza delivery man" genre of pr0n...

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UK plans robo-car tests on motorways in 2017

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Facepalm

Re: Could be worse

"I've not read the budget..."

Ummm... apart from Gideon and staff in the Treasury nobody has read the budget yet.

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Used a cell phone in NYC? The cops probably tracked you

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Big Brother

Re: to protect and to serve

If I've done nothing wrong you've got no reason to track me!

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Cash'n'Carrion restocks atomic keyrings

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Mushroom

Re: I wish the NRC didn't suck. I'd love to get one,

If you could disguise it as a gun you'd have no problem getting it in the States!

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Three-years-late fit-to-work IT tool will cost taxpayers £76m

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Re: @<shakes head> Whaaat?

Brown is often castigated for selling our gold cheap, but few people understand why he did it. See this piece from The Telegraph (that well known supporter of Gordon Brown) - http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/finance/thomaspascoe/100018367/revealed-why-gordon-brown-sold-britains-gold-at-a-knock-down-price/. So, it turns out it was yet another bail-out of the banks!

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Swiss try to wind up Apple with $25k dumb-watch

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Re: Dumb Watch?

dumb adjective

temporarily unable or unwilling to speak.

"she stood dumb while he poured out a stream of abuse"

synonyms: mute, unable to speak, without the power of speech; speechless, tongue-tied, wordless, silent, at a loss for words, voiceless, inarticulate, taciturn, uncommunicative, untalkative, tight-lipped, close-mouthed, saying nothing; informalmum; technicalaphasic, aphonic

"he was born deaf and dumb"

I think it probably IS dumb! (I say this as a fan of real, mechanical watches.)

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'Hypocritical' Europe is just as bad as the USA for data protection

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WTF?

Re: The scum leading the dumb

I know I'm not the first to say it but it's true nonetheless - you don't find a needle in a haystack by making the haystack bigger.

One depressing fact that has emerged from almost every terrorist attack in the western world since 9/11 is that the bad guys were already on the radar of the security services. It's just that the data was overlooked or its seriousness wasn't appreciated. So what's the proposed solution to the problem? Hoover up even more data because obviously we'll find what we already had if we have to search an even bigger volume of crap.

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Here are the God-mode holes that gave TrueCrypt audit the slip

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WTF?

But how do I know I can trust Veracrypt?

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NHS site defaced with screed protesting Syrian conflict

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Re: NHS?

Yeah, 'cos private sector sites are so efficient and never get hacked.

I mean, it's not like the Syrian Electronic Army hacked BBC News, the Associated Press, National Public Radio, CBC News, Al Jazeera, Financial Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Washington Post, Syrian satellite broadcaster Orient TV, al-Arabia TV, Human Rights Watch and sundry US defence contractors...

Oh... wait...

(Disclaimer: I don't work for the NHS or the public sector)

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PINs easily pinched with iPhone-attached thermal imaging kit

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FAIL

Re: They won't steal my PIN

I'm with you on this one.

It seems to rely on the fact that it can recover the information for up to a minute after I've touched the keypad. Fair enough, but I don't touch the numeric keys just to enter my pin. I also touch them to enter the amount I want to withdraw, so in addition to the PIN there will also be the keys corresponding to the withdrawal amount.

Even if somebody photographed the keys over my shoulder (which I might notice!) immediately after I'd entered my PIN then they only have the four digits - they've still got to get them in the right order within three tries!

FAIL on all counts.

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Apple's AirDrop abused by 'cyber-flashing' London train perv

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Re: moralism and the bubblewrap generation

What does the victim's age have to do with this? Why do you find it so hard to accept that the incident genuinely distressed her?

In cases like this it's easy for us - men in particular - to laugh it off and say that it was only a dick pic, but that doesn't mean that the woman concerned wasn't genuinely upset by this. Maybe she was a rape victim; maybe she had been sexually abused as a child. There are lots of reasons why this could have been distressing for her. Nothing to do with moralism or bubblewrap.

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Abort, abort! Metal-on-metal VIOLENCE as Google's robo-car nearly CRASHES

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Re: Presumably...

One event is definitely insufficient data to go making assertions about randomness. In true randomness sometimes they'll do the same thing sometimes they'll do the opposite.

What you actually want - they always take actions that ensure they don't crash - requires cooperation, not randomness.

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LastPass got hacked: Change your master password NOW

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WTF?

Re: Enjoying the thought...

Which leaves us with the painful question of where you store the password to your password store!

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Apple store staffers probed like 'criminals', lawsuit claims

qwertyuiop

Re: what..

Yeah, but you have to remember what thin profit margins there are on iProducts and the negligible profit the company as a whole makes. That one iPod Nano could make all the difference!

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Google to axe TXT reminders for Calendar events

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WTF?

Re: SMS messages on Android

What version of Android are you on? It certainly sounds a lots less functional than the one I use!

I just looked at my message log and picked one at random. When I "clicked" (touched?) to open it not only was the message displayed but at the top of the screen was a handy little telephone icon which enables me to call that person.

Seems pretty functional to me! (I'm on a Samsung S4 running Android "KitKat" (4.4.2).)

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