* Posts by Dwarf

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Electronic voting box makers try to get gear stripped from eBay and out of hackers' hands

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Trust

The manufacturers should be giving the away to hackers to demonstrate that they are secure and that we can trust them, anything else is security by obscurity, which is well known to be a false sense of security.

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Apple: The exclusive sales channel for an, er, AI toothbrush

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I despair

Having to worry about your toothbrush's compatibility with your mobile phone / tablet - what a time to be alive

Any guesses how long it will be before it needs a firmware update to fix a security flaw, or we find out that its telemetry has been spying on us and saying when the best time to stuff adverts in our faces.

I'm wondering how well the user interface will work - the screen will presumably be wobbly given that there is a toothbrush connected to your skull and its vibrating away like mad.

Does it also add the term "you're brushing it wrong" to the Apple list of reasons things don't work ?

First world problems that we can do without.

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Former Cisco CEO John Chambers says insects are the new lobsters

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Nothing too see here

Sales dude tries to convince us his latest idea is great and we need to jump,on board, of course the fact that he will profit has absolutely nothing to do with it.

Thanks, but I’ll stick to the proper foods. Can’t see that anything other than deep fried would be good, which rather limits the menu opportunities. Soggy cricket madras anyone ?

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Another round of click-fraud extensions pulled from Chrome Store

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Store benefits

Wasn’t one of the supposed benefits of these vendor provided stores that they only contained legitimate apps ?

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DXC execs: Here's ANOTHER deadline for skills profiling

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x=dx/dt

Just differentiate yourself, its mostly in the company name after all

I'm sure that it won't matter what people put into the database, the outcome looks like it will be the same.

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Microsoft wants to patent mind control

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Crazy

So, they can't make an ordinary microphone that's worked properly before Windows 10 be compatible with Windows 10, but they expect to be able to do mind control - something that has proven significantly more difficult over a far longer period of time.

How do they plan to segregate out things like the mind wandering when people are working, or that context switch when the hottie from the office walks down the corridor and you stop thinking about work and wish you were a few years younger again..

The only positive thing is that with all that telemetry, they will be able to see first hand how much people hate Windows 10 and the Ribbon.

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VMware: New year, new job – you're fired

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Joke

DRS

All configurable via vSphere - Distributed Resource Scheduling for the marketing department's resource group

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PowerShell comes to MacOS and Linux. Oh and Windows too

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Re: Poor old MS

If you re-read my original posting, you will see that I say its the un-loved OS. People are using their wallets to buy other products, nobody wants to buy Windows 10 and MS decided to force it down our throats, this left a bad taste for many people and plenty of non-working systems.

If memory serves, Windows 8 came out in Aug 2012 and Windows 10 came out in the first half of 2015, look at the attached stats of global PC sales and see what happens at those dates. As the world population is increasing, what other reason can you think of that might explain why the last couple of OS's MS shipped maps to decreased sales ?

Simple - its unloved and people are moving to other things or keeping their old hardware and re-purposing it (ie installing Linux)

Declining sales - same trend, different information source

If you take an average train trip as representative of people, you will see a couple of corporate sales types with their work provided laptops doing e-mail and WhatsThePoint presentations, plenty of people of various generations with their Mac's, various non-MS tablets and phones, very few have Laptops running Windows.

I'm not disagreeing that Windows has a large existing install base, mostly this comes from history and businesses where they can't move so easily, but many are reducing their exposure or opting for cheaper alternatives where they can - thin clients, web interfaces, Linux back-ends, etc. The general trend to PaaS platforms has helped to decouple the MS attempts to bind the client and server components together. Now that they are decoupled, who still uses IE why did nobody move to Edge ? Thats because they all moved to Chrome, yet another MS fail to deliver what customers want.

So, here's a question for you - do you think MS realise that they are loosing significant market shares and are trying to diversify with their attempts to get MS SQL and Powershell onto Linux and stick a Linux shell onto Windows, or do you just think they are being nice ...?

If you think the latter then ask yourself, have you ever seen them be nice before ??

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Re: Poor old MS

Don't confuse those who are stuck on Windows vs those who like the product.

You might want to research market trends on desktop PC sales, Those who are not stuck on Windows have moved away to products such as Mac, Linux, Tablet devices, mobile phones, etc.

Now go and re-consider if its "the most used OS on desktop or anything" - you will find that its not.

For starters, they only have desktop and tablet offerings, with tablet being a poor second cousin to other competing tablet offerings

If you take a blinkered look of "Microsofts historical market segment", which has two products - Windows and Linux, then yes, its in the lead a the moment, but that lead continues to decline as people look to other more viable products.

This shows that its an unloved OS, otherwise market segment would be increasing and they wouldn't have to have needed to try and give it away.

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Poor old MS

Still trying to remain relevant, no phone OS, an unloved client OS, a declining user base, a disliked speech app and a far smaller set of tech evangelists as they stopped listening and providing TechNet.

There’s no way I’ll be using this on any non-Windows system as the built in tools have been doing nicely for years.

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Swiss cheesed off after Apple store iPhone does Samsung Galaxy Note 7 impersonation

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Engineers

I bet the “Repair Engineer” got a bit over excited with his screwdriver when removing the battery, after all the sales droid wouldn’t know how to open the case.

The sand is probably there due to some H&S review for when things go wrong.

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Fancy a fidget? Craze makes debut entry into PornHub's top searches

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Re: Great wankers

It probably comes down to inbreeding.

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SAP customers won't touch the fluffy stuff... so here's another on-prem HR data tool

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Marketing dont understand customers

"Not ready for the cloud" must not be confused with "don't want the cloud"

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FCA 'gold-plates' EU rule, hits BYOD across entire UK finance sector

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Mobile devices

So that would apply to everyone's private mobile phones too then given that they can do Voice, Text, E-mail, video calling etc.

How 1980's

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Meltdown, Spectre: The password theft bugs at the heart of Intel CPUs

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Re: Extraction rate is a function of RAM capacity.

Think you missed the point I was trying to make. The volume of data is higher, therefore it will take more time to get anything useful out, hence slowing down the attack. Sifting the useful bits from the non-useful bits takes more time again and who's to say that the couple of bytes you got from VM1 and couple from VM27 are any good without the rest that has not been recovered yet.

I accept that it doesn't fix the problem, but it would buy a lot of time.

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Extraction rate is a function of RAM capacity.

If the extraction rate is a function of RAM capacity, then there must be a benefit in Increasing RAM, just like bit lengths are increased to improve resistance to brute force in security functions.

Cloud vendors and virtualisation providers stack machines high with RAM to get better consolidation ratios, so does it follow they are better protected ?

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UK drone collision study didn't show airliner window penetration

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What happens if you freeze them ?

Seem to recall that there is some previous testing done with turkeys and a missive to "defrost the bird" due to testing not going the way it was planned on the first test cycle.

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Azure VMs borked following Meltdown patch, er, meltdown

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Should we be worried

Aren't MS preparing a similar patch for various machines enslaved with Windows OS's *

* Except probably versions we care about and that they don't

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Maplin Electronics CEO ups stakes for steak house

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Must be a joke in here somewhere ...

Perhaps the Steaks became to high at Maplin

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If you won't use your brain our machine will use it for you, Nissan tells drivers

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Emissions

Unlike VW, this sounds like emissions of another type.

Just trying to work our if its bovine (marketine) or genuine

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Kernel-memory-leaking Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign

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Re: Counting chickens?

Talking about chickens, don’t processors have an array of “chicken bits” to allow chunks of functionality to be disabled, I wonder if those would help resolve the issue at a lower cost than the rumoured 30% performance hit

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How convenient

Intel likely to sell a bunch of new chips - $PROFIT$

How about a free issue replacement chip of the appropriate generation to everyone so that we don't have to have a performance penalty or for their mistake - think its called warranty. MS will probably need to disable the hardware change = new licence thing though.

Intel could also regain trust by wrapping in the fixes for other big screw-ups too - like the management chip, which can be disabled or better still removed.

Oh and don't forget all the microcode changes too.

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Seagate's lightbulb moment: Make read-write heads operate independently

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Re: What's the point?

Having said that: I never understood why hard drives don't "stripe" across all heads.

They do, its called a cylinder, you look down the heads across all surfaces and write across them,

See CHS Hard Disk Addressing

No reason to believe that the vendors stopped doing this when they moved the external interface to LBA back around 1980 ish

Unlike what the other post on this thread claims, its not hard to analyse errors on a per surface perspective, since the drive's controller and firmware knows the real geometry of the drive and grown defects do just that, so you can easily determine if the failed sector is adjacent to an existing defect.

None of this is new technology.

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How fast is a piece of string? Boffin shoots ADSL signal down twine

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Yes, Cisco did Ethernet over Barbed Wire.

Looks like most of the links to it have faded away, but I found this one from 2007

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This needs adding to the units converter

This yardstick needs adding to the register's conversion tables at

Units converter

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Spy-on-your-home Y-Cam cameras removes free cloud storage bit

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Keep this in mind when your Windows 10 subscription kicks in.

Assuming you fell for the Windows 10 con in the first place ....

Remember, theres no such thing as a free lunch, free beer or free cloud storage.

Now add the word unlimited to the front of any of those expressions would anyone realistically think its a genuine offer ?

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Boffins foresee most software written by machines in 2040

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I smell BS

Even if it were possible, we would still need a way to explain what we want the system to do, which by definition would be a programming language

Ok machine, I want you to take a reading from that sensor, convert the returned data from its packed form into something usable, modify the value by applying the calibration data in your eeprom that I explained earlier, now take a rolling average over 500ms to stabilise it and remove mouse/ measurement uncertainty and use the result as the stable and accurate sensor output

Me thinks I could write the c/c++ in less time. Wonder how I’d apply optimisation like bit shifting and Boolean operations to any of the above ?

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Wondering why your internal .dev web app has stopped working?

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I must have missed the change in standards bodies.

Since when was Google appointed as the body responsible for deciding Internet standards ?

More importantly why are they not working with standards bodies to propose changes - where these sorts of things are scrutinised by other experienced people, hence reducing the impact of poorly thought through ideas.

Sure, HTTPS is a good thing in most cases, but is not necessary everywhere.

Only the person implementing the site will know if its applicable and will be able to consider the raft of other security related tasks to ensure an appropriately designed, built and operated site. This may include security principles like role based authentication, resilience, firewalls, etc or perhaps none if its a noddy application that runs locally within their home or some management interface on a dumb device (like a home grade switch) that doesn't offer an HTTPS capability as its not powerful enough to do that.

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Pro tip: You can log into macOS High Sierra as root with no password

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I'm puzzled

Its amazing how many of these root privilege bypass "bugs" tend to exist in so many OS's - I can't imagine it due to poor coding, its almost as if they were put there deliberately, but who would want to do such a thing ??

I also wonder if they get fixed, or just hidden a bit deeper ?

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Someone has fixed the ESX 'VM stun' problem

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Stunning

How this got through testing, particularly given that its a key step in the backup process.

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Barracuda gobbled up by private equity sharks

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Eaten big a bigger fish.

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SurfaceBook 2 battery drains even when plugged in

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Windows Sucks

Power ..

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Sci-Hub domains inactive following court order

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Re: I am leet hacker

@AmenFromMars

Do scientists still use Windows ???

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Under par: HPE 3PAR US sales are limping

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Tech savvy customers

I wonder if HP* will realise that their customers are tech savvy and when they read in the news that they have 'optimised' or whatever the BS bingo word is for "laying off" a large portion of their engineering team for the product, then they get worried about the long term support impact and product roadmap.

Oddly enough, I had until that point recommended a couple of fairly chunky 3PAR arrays as the storage tier in a new project, but as soon as that announcement came out, we dropped them and went to our alternative shortlisted vendor, this had the effect of taking all the servers, backup, network, PS and maintenance agreements with it to keep everything in support with one vendor, so now HP will get nothing.

Hopefully things can get better now the captain of the boat is changing, unless she realised that its now just heading straight for the rocks.

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DNS resolver 9.9.9.9 will check requests against IBM threat database

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@ASAC

Nowhere in he article did it say that the whole of 9.0.0.0/8 was used for this service.

Defining /32 routes isn’t exactly rocket science, however I’d expect that they defined something like a /28

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World Vasectomy Day: 15k men line up for live vent-blocking

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Re: Where do I sign up ?

Most will do it while-you-wait

So you are saying there is another group that will do it whilst you go off for a spot of lunch and a quick pint.

Presumably you don't feel a thing too - sounds like a real positive.

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Remember CompuServe forums? They're still around! Also they're about to die

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CIS Goodbye

Another technology era ends and a new one begins

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DXC spills AWS private keys on public GitHub

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AWS Security 101

1. Learn how the AWS IAM role based access works (its in the first chapters of the training for a reason)

2. Don't publish your keys on-line

They should engage with a security consultancy to get some advice on this.

Oh, hang on a mo ....

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Your next laptop will feature 'CMF' technology

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Cost vs spec

Obviously the cost won’t be changed at all to cover the new necessary overhead.

I’ve got a better idea, up the spec with the same money (my money btw)..I don’t care about the colour or material as long as it’s durable and rough enough that it won’t slip out of your hands when you carry it.

I do care about getting the job done with the machine, how long it lasts, what OS and what ports it’s got, so I can connect it to other stuff.

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ZX Spectrum Vega firm's lawyers targeted by empty-handed backers

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Completely authentic

The original Sinclair machines were unreliable, they are just giving an authentic experience.

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Logitech: We're gonna brick your Harmony Link gizmos next year

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Re: Idiots !

@AC.

I get your logic and indeed cloud done right and on the right systems where there is a demonstrable need is fine, but marketing a product with the word cloud in its description and not supporting it for a reasonable period (which BTW is 7 years in the UK if we use the returns policy on faulty goods as a reference.) then cloud services or anything else for that matter should offer the same or better services.

What we are seeing reported regularly in the press is all the pointless products collapsing in the steaming pile of poo that they are - due to reliability; security; performance issues or being dropped by the manufacturer. I fully expect more to follow in the coming year.

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Idiots !

I wonder if their marketing people are expecting previous customers to buy any successor products ?

I think that the expression "what goes around, comes around" is probably applicable at this point.

I also wonder how many cloud evangelists are now so happy with the cloud disabled bricks.

Perhaps the right course here is to send all the now defunct products back to their CEO at their home address, so that they can dispose of them in an environmentally friendly way and to show what customers think about the marketing and support strategy.

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AWS adopts home-brewed KVM as new hypervisor

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I hope their judgement wasn’t clouded in this decsision.

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ATM fees shake-up may push Britain towards cashless society

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Cash will be here long beyond when we all are

Banks (and governments - don’t forget the tax tracking...) may want it all electronic, but many offices have coffee shops that only take cash and are miles from town centres, roadside burger vans won’t have a reluable data connection if any connection and the risk all moves to them with cards.

I use cash a lot in many shops and trades. I can’t pay the window cleaner with a card (they don’t take it due to the monthly cost). I haven’t seen many down and outs that take cards (at least not in that way) either. Any replacement system has to work for everyone or they will create alternate economies.

What’s the exchange rate for a sheep these days ?

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HPE HQ to leave Palo Alto birthplace as it 'consolidates' offices

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A Sad day

Everything has got roots and when your root is gone, you are done for.

Works for trees

Works for Linux (UID and /)

Works for HPUX

Works for HP|HPE

But at least a line on a spreadsheet said they saved a few £, so that makes it all OK

(Even though the model was flawed, even though it didn't consider customers,even though the accountant couldn't count, etc)

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TalkTalk glitch causing mobiles and landlines to go off at the same time

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Always remember why its cheap ...

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Official: Perl the most hated programming language, say devs

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Re: Perl.... Arrggh

If Perl is so bad, then why did MS use so many concepts of it within PowerShell ?

Perl is a great tool. Like many, I have done really useful things with it, but I know it will take a bit of time to re-read what I meant in the old scripts if I ever go back to them.

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Car insurers recoil in horror from paying auto autos' speeding fines

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Re: Speed Limit Signs

Surely no programmer would make such a simple mistake.

Didn't someone do the same on a registration plate too - seem to recall a pic on the Internet in distant memory

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Biz quadruples value overnight by adding 'Blockchain' to name

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Gravity

What goes up must come down.

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Fines for crossing roads while TXTing enacted in Honolulu

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@syntax

Sounds like an opportunity for selling services to those who must live as a mobile phone zombie.

Same logic can be applied for Mr and Mrs. - e.g. can you hold my phone for me please.

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