* Posts by james 68

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Social media flame wars to be illegal, says top Crown prosecutor

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Re: PWEI

It was written by Liam Howlett (Prodigy) and the members of PWEI as a collaboration, though frankly, as much as I like the Prodigy their version was much much tamer than the PWEI version. IMHO the PWEI version gets the message across better.

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Re: And so, a whole new class of crime is created

"And so, a whole new class of crime is created

... by administrative diktat.

Democracy? Freedom? Free Speech? Ship sailed.

1984 just inched a little closer."

It's not closer, it's here.

When UKIP is shocked by how right wing the current government is, stating that even they would not go that far, then you know we're all fucked.

http://metro.co.uk/2016/10/08/theresa-may-crackdown-foreigners-a-step-too-far-according-to-ukip-6180634/

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Re: El Reg

Map sewn into the lining, compass in the top button, concealed rain hood and comfortable yet hard wearing elbow patches?

Pretty sure I nicked that one last week. :-P

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PWEI

Fuzz Townshend and his boys said it better than I ever could.

Therefor my reply to the CPS is via this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05FKtPJO8IQ

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'Flaw' in iOS 10 private browsing... not as bad as it looks

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From my experience of humanity as a species during my many years I would say the reverse is more accurate.

Never attribute to simple incompetence what can be attributed to malice.

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UK will build new nuclear bomb subs, says Defence Secretary

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Is there really a difference? Seems like Trump is in Putin's pocket so he'll only launch when Putin gives the OK. (That'd be the back pocket BTW, easier access to jam his nose up the oligarchs ass).

Ohh those lovely, lovely downvotes..... I just know they're a comin.

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Ahem, Russia.....Crimean peninsula.... Crazy bastard with many, many nukes. Your argument is broken.

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Re: Fire!

"Linux doesn't have the software support that Windows does"

That really shouldn't matter as the only software which should be running on those systems should be what was written to run the boat and maybe open or libre office for writing reports. The fact that Johnny Submariner can't load and run his favorite malware should be seen as a good thing.

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Re: How to keep us safe...

Tell that to the Japanese, I'm sure they'll be chuffed to find that out.

From actually living here I can tell you that a great many Japanese are bloody terrified of nuclear weapons and actively cringe when any large low flying military (or defense force if it's Japanese) aircraft is flying within sight.

70 years since WW2 ended and they still get scared shitless because they worry about being bombed. Even when you try telling them that it's only a transport or a Coast Guard plane they don't relax one bit.

Oh and Japan? Zero nukes.

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Apple's Breaxit scandal: Frenchman smashes up €50,000 of iThings with his big metal balls

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Re: No iWatches smashed?

Behind glass..... Solid steel ball..... You see where this is going right? No need to grab from a persons hand (who could well retaliate in the belief that they are being attacked), One swing, bye bye glass and he would have freely been able to smash as many as he liked.

I am of the opinion that he didn't think they were worth the (minimal) effort.

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Re: Smashy and Nicey

+1 for "...Maximum overdrive!!".

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Tokyo man arrested for selling jailbroken iPhones

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Re: Fact check?

Hi, I'm James, I'm British from Northern Ireland. However I live in Sakura not far from Tokyo.

I would presume Ikeda-san has a similar story. In that he hails from Toyama but currently resides in Tokyo. Newscasters have been introducing people like that for years, at least those in the UK and Japan have been.

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Panasonic wants you to wear Li-Ion batteries. The ones that explode

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We do already.

Considering peoples current attachment to their phones, It is totally fair to say that we currently do "wear" such batteries. In that they are always carried upon our person much as we do with clothing or jewelry.

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NASA's Europa surprise

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@Adam Jarvis

If you think Gatwick is bad you should try Moscow Sheremetyevo.

They should hand out free razor blades to anyone with a layover lasting longer than an hour.

Which is approx 99% of them as they seem to last a minimum of 6 hours, a canny way to make you wish for death as you spend your cash in the many, many airport shops as a feverish attempt to console your fraying sanity.

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Forgive me, father, for I have used an ad-blocker on news websites...

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Re: No guilt at all

When a page loads instantly when using an ad-blocker, but takes 30 seconds to a minute when the ad-blocker is turned off while also slowing your pc to a crawl as processor use goes from 15% to a constant 100% for that period, then no, no guilt whatsoever. Nobody needs so much malware flinging flash and javascript in their lives.

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Game over: IANA power-grab block pulled from Congress funding bill

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Re: Rule of thumb

Or the view could be taken that using these comedians (can anyone really take Cruz and Trumps positions as politicians seriously?) to propose this was a very, very successful smokescreen to cover something much more vile being added to a different bill.

Before congratulatory ass grabbing is handed out someone should perhaps make a detailed search of any bill or proposal which has recently been passed, for riders and amendments.

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She cannae take it, Captain Kirk! USS Zumwalt breaks down

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Re: Displaced, by gad.

Weight and size are not interchangeable.

That's like saying 'this box of lead fishing weights is 3 times as big as that box of tissues because it weighs 3x as much' - when in reality the box of fishing weights is 1/3rd the size of the tissue box.

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Man accused of $180k ass-based gold smuggling scam awaits verdict

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Apple seeks patent for paper bag - you read that right, a paper bag

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Re: I can see it now...

Nope, just porn.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRgNOyCnbqg

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Non-doms pay 10 times more in income tax than average taxpayer group

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Re: Pretty meaningless metric

A bunch of selfish greedy people leaving the country isn't a bad thing. The idea that industry and business will stop if they leave is laughable.

All well and good until they're gone and you realise that:

  • Their tax money is also gone.
  • Their industry and business's and those they support are also gone, taking jobs and further tax cash with them.
  • The cash they pumped into the country via buying lots of shit is also gone and therefor the jobs which were supported by their spending are gone.
  • All that lost cash has to be replaced from somewhere, prepare to bend over and take a thorough "tax hike".

Yeah, that'll be wonderful then, so glad you've single-handedly solved the economy.

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'Oi! El Reg! Stop pretending Microsoft has a BSOD monopoly!'

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recent

Recently flew from Japan to Helsinki via Moscow and back on aeroflot. Apparently Aeroflot (and I presume most Boeing) aircraft use a custom version of XMBC running on DSL linux. The seatback screens were all stuck in some kind of reboot loop for around 45 minutes after take off on the return leg from Moscow, eventually booted and ran fine though.

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Elon Musk says SpaceX Falcon 9 fireball investigation is 'biggest challenge yet'

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Chemistry says that you are correct.

However, when oxygen is vented and mixes with the surrounding atmosphere it is no longer pure and can ignite and the resulting fire is fed by the constant stream of oxygen and can be fed further by various metals used in the rockets construction.

Not talking outta my ass here, NASA has my back on this.

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You took the words right outta my mouth.... and this is not the Meatloaf song so that ends there.

It was indeed venting liquid oxygen, which is normal when a cryogenically fueled rocket is having it's tanks filled and for a period thereafter.

No smoke.

Though it looks to me (and I by no means have the necessary data to state this as fact) that the ignition point was close to or at the vent, igniting the oxygen and backwashing into the tank taking out the rocket. Short in a fuel hose sensor maybe? Best let the experts decide.

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US Marine Corps to fly F-35s from HMS Queen Lizzie as UK won't have enough jets

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Re: US Marine Corps will be flying F-35Bs

Won't be an issue, because they won't be able to get the buggy P'sOS off the flight-deck due to software malfunctions and even if they do manage to get airborn (and stay that way) they won't be able to fire any weapons due to the same software screwups.

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Sex is bad for older men, and even worse when it's good

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Doesn't anyone proof read anymore?

The study found that older men who had sex once a week or more were “much more likely to experience cardiovascular events five years later than men who were sexually inactive.”

So here it's saying that a horny old duffer will have an extra 5 years before problems arise compared to a droopy old git that cant get it up.

The rest of the article goes on to say that the randy old bugger is the one in danger. So which is it?

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UK Parliament's back for Snoopers' Charter. Former head of GCHQ talks to El Reg

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Re: lying cop

Unfortunately the old boys network that is the police force rarely lets their own take a fall.

Especially in Belfast and even more especially prior to the "Peace process".

The list of things cops have gotten away with in Northern Ireland is truly appalling and even then what is publicly known wouldn't even scratch the surface.

There are good cops, I've known several who were the perfect example of what a good cop should be (and one who trashed his career by standing up to the assholes), but there are others who are the exact opposite, who should never have been given a position of power and who are actively covered for by the "old boys".

And yes, my case was in Belfast. I now live in Japan, pretty much as far away from the whole twisted corrupt shithole as I can get.

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My solicitor was useless from the outset (Legal Aid only promises a defence council, not that they will be in any way competent), he pretty much just stood for the start of the proceedings to give the "Not guilty" plea and then the rest was up to me. After all the crap I had been through (a couple months where the cops would arrive at my home and drag me off to the station at any time of day or night, keep me awake for a couple of days at a time and repeatedly threaten to ruin my life and the lives of my friends if I didn't roll over and take it) a £50 fine and 6 month suspended sentence was like a release from hell for a 16 year old me.

Appealing would have meant going through all of that again and depending on the judge I could have gotten an actual prison sentence, so no, no appeal.

I am actually quite grateful to the judge (Or magistrate whatever they're called in a magistrates court), he was quite scathing to the police officers (even going so far as to fine one of them for lying in his statements) and gave me the absolute minimum that he could under the rules of the court. He was convinced that I was innocent but because I could not prove it to the level required by the court he did what he could to minimise the sentencing.

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There is no such thing as presumption of innocence full stop.

I discovered this 20 odd years ago when the judge quite literally told me that "innocence until proven guilty has no veracity in a court of law, the onus is upon you (that being me) to prove your innocence by disproving the statements of the police officers".

Of 9 charges being made against me, I was able to disprove 7, hell I wasn't even in the same country for 3 of them. I still got stuffed on the remaining 2 charges though, even after proving that the police were talking out their collective arses and had outright lied on a number of points and had zero physical or forensic evidence. I could not prove my location for the final 2 and was therefor charged as guilty on them.

Do not EVER presume that innocent until proven guilty is a "thing". If you do then you're just begging for false charges to be levelled against you so that some corrupt cops can fill their quota.

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Jokes of no more than 2 lines

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America.

The free......

(2 lines and bloody hilarious)

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What the hex is up with Jupiter's North Pole?

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Re: @moiety

Devils advocate is a noble calling, but Friday afternoon does not quite excuse his previous list of "works". Friday night/Saturday morning, stumbling into the office to find a warm, dry place to sleep it off after chucking out time at the boozer seems more believable.

I am of the suspicion that this is just another "sexed up" premeditated piece of clickbait.

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I don't find this strange at all.

This is after all the same author who sexes up stories, adding "exaggerated inaccuracies" because clickbait is good now apparently - Like this one.

Or adds a "story" which is 3 sentences long and manages to get the subjects name wrong and not supply a link. - Here. Only fixed after a comment pointed it out.

Only really worth reading his "stories" when you feel the need to point and laugh at the less fortunate.

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Want a Windows 10 update? Don't go to Microsoft ... please

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Re: How is this a new feature

Amerika über alles?

Didn't work out too well for that German chap who went around screaming such things and ranting about foreigners.

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UK nuke warhead builders shift IT gear into public cloud

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Re: Message from Yoda...

End in tears it will,

Fallout we will have.

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Exploding phablet phears phorce Samsung Galaxy Note 7 delay

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Re: Well at least

Indeed, a cable should be just that, a cable. However in their geneous level decision ("They" being those who designed and ratified the USB-C "standard"), they chose to add a microchip into the cable end. This allows the cable to make "decisions" which should really be made by the PDB of the attached device, ie what voltage it needs to charge at. USB allows for charging at up to 20 volts, this is usually decided by the attached devices USB hardware.

Why they don't just let the USB interface make it's own decision, since that's actually part of the USB standard for charging, is beyond me, seems like a solution in search of a problem.

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Re: Well at least

Funnily enough, Anker has just recalled several thousand USB-C charging cables because they make devices go boom.

Details:

"Anker’s USB-C cable model A8185011 can “remember” the voltage of the device it was just plugged into. This is dangerous because if you unplug it from a laptop’s USB-C port and then plug it into your phone, it could push a 15V-20V power draw into a port that shouldn’t see more than 5V."

Just one of many links.

Coincidence?

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Drama in orbit: Brazen UFO attacks Earth's Sentinel-1A satellite

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Black Helicopters

Hmm

How long before they blame it on a drone?

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FBI Director wants 'adult conversation' about backdooring encryption

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Funny thing is, 2/3rds of Crypto comes from non-American companies, so he will endeavor to make the use of "foreign" crypto illegal.

Because these people my be criminals, but they would never break that law....right?

It's a circle jerk of epic proportions.

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African Ring of Fire to show up at annular solar eclipse

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Re: African ring of fire

I had a curry, and now my ring's on fire..

It burns, burns, burns.

My ring's on fire.... my ring's on fire.

(Good ol' Johnny Cash, my coat is the one with asbestos lining)

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Microsoft redfaced after Bing translation cockup enrages Saudis

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Re: And?

Ahh, but it's one of those "hidden truths" that the majority of Western governments would rather that the common people not know. So long as they supply cheap oil and splash cash on campaign funds they can terrorise whoever they like and get away with it.

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Arthur C Clarke award won by Adrian Tchaikovsky

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Re: Highly recommend

Hugh Howey is good, I quite liked his "silo" series.

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Re: Talking spiders in Rama sequels

But where where they when the fly tried to break our balls?

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Highly recommend

I highly recommend "The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet" by Becky Chambers. Best book I have read in a long, long time. Was very surprised when I learned that it was her first book.

If you get the chance, read it. It doesn't matter what type of SF you like, it has a little bit of everything, you will not regret it.

Oh, and "Children of Time" was indeed authored by Adrian Tchaikovsky, not Andrew. Not a bad book but.... to me a little too much of a rehash of previous books I had read.

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Radicalisation? UK.gov gets itself in cluster-muddle over 'terrorism'

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Re: Ignorance is bliss

After all it worked out so well in Northern Ireland, who could have possibly believed that there may be an odd issue or two with the concept?

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Ignorance is bliss

There are many counter arguments to radicalisation, quite a few of which are to be found within the religious texts such "radicals" claim to follow so...religiously.

Those who wish to be "radicalised" will simply ignore any new counter arguments in the same way that they ignore those that are already present - they do not wish to be aware of anything which opposes their viewpoint and will actively avoid it. (Just like governments and especially government "think tanks" to be honest).

Just another waste of time and taxpayers resources.

"As our schools have shifted towards a for-profit American style system, they've started to resemble the for-profit prison system.

Except you get MORE time for good behaviour, not less. People who are too smart to be indoctrinated by 16 need more time in the system, plus a bunch of student debt to bind them."

You sir, are correct in every way. I see the school system of today and despair.

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Excel hell messes up ~20 per cent of genetic science papers

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Another issue is the inverse square law of intelligence, where the more specific intelligence in a given field is displayed by an individual, the less generalised intelligence/common sense is displayed by that individual.

In essence, trying to get a geneticist to understand excel is like trying to get Kim Kardashian to understand humility.

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Microsoft can't tell North from South on Bing Maps

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As does every single damned thing in it.

Including the women (There's a story there that I'm not going to get into right now).

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Snowden files confirm Shadow Brokers spilled NSA's Equation Group spy tools over the web

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Re: I'm not worried

"Didn't the NSA assure us that their vault-o'-vulnerabilities would never get "into the wild"? I say we take them at their word and trust the government!"

Just like how they recon a built in backdoor in both phone and pc OS's will be perfectly safe in their hands and will never be released into the wild.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update completely borks USB webcams. Yay.

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Just usb webcams you say?....

There are only 2 complaints I have with the Win10 update.

1) It changed both my language and system settings to Japanese - Every update that changes version number does this. It's fucking annoying.

2) I cannot watch streaming video, this is not just a webcam issue, it's an H.264 issue. Any site that streams in H.264 is stuffed, it'll buffer and play maybe 10-15 mins worth of video then either just stop completely, or stop for 30 seconds and start again from the beginning of the stream, rinse, repeat.

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Penetration tech: BAE Systems' new ammo for Our Boys and Girls

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Interestingly the soft lead "ball" round was originally specced so that it would only penetrate "light cover" and NOT overpenetrate and become a danger to civvies (i.e. it stops in the target or whatever is behind the target, like a wall, instead of travelling through the target and several walls coming to rest in some unlucky sod uninvolved with whatever nastyness is taking place).

I guess collateral damage is no longer bad thing.

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Tim Cook's answer to crashing iPhone sales: More iPhones

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Words and actions dont match

I was wondering what was going on here in Japan.

I have been searching for a new phone for about a month, about 2 weeks ago I noticed that all of a sudden every vendor was having sales and special offers on iphones.I'm talking serious 1/2 the previous price kinda deals, and the sales people are giving themselves hernias trying to force an iphone sale even after you tell them that you specifically do not want one.

Not enough to make me even consider one (I had an iphone previously, my wife has an iphone 6 and to me they are utter shite tied up in a pretty bow) but more than enough to get many customers to do so.

I guess they're trying to fluff the sales figures in the asian market, even if it means moving product at or near an actual sane price.

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