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Ethernet at 40: Its daddy reveals its turbulent youth

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Re: That's not her philosophy

Oh the irony. Metcalfe made it big by doing a network that runs *against* Ayn Rand ideals. Interesting!

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Tennessee bloke quits job over satanic wage slip

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Re: 0.666

0x029A - The Hexadecimal Number of the Beast.

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Reminds me ...

Plaza Carso, which can be basically described as "Slim Enterprises Plaza" (yes, *that* Carlos Slim, the richest man in the world) has some buildings with a 13th floor. The plaza was built recently. A certain company from that group has the 13th floor unoccupied ... because most people are superstitious.

OTOH, another company has a 13th floor elsewhere, and they do occupy it. Nobody cares about the superstition stupidity.

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Ebook price-fixing: Macmillan settles with DoJ, Apple fights on

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Re: Pushed into a corner ...

"From my POV, the real insanity is that the bad guy in the case -- Amazon -- have got away with monopolistic behaviour, peaking at 90% of all ebooks sold, while the DOJ opened fire with the big guns on the folks who were trying to claw their way up from a minority position."

... as opposed to let the publishers enter into a cartel with Apple, ensuring their ability to raise prices across the board? Because that was the point over the DOJ case. It would serve them awesomely, as Apple would say "oh publishers set the price" and publishers would go "Apple said I can't sell 'em cheaper elsewhere".

Favoured-nation distribution contracts should be declared illegal.

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British games company says it owns the idea of space marines

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Go get it now!

In fact, the book in question is back up in the Kindle Store. The author says that she has seen more sales *today* than the sales from the second half of 2012! So if you want it, go get it!

I'm guessing that Amazon saw the shitstorm and put it back up because:

- They know it's going to sell like mad

- They know that if GW tries anything, there's going to be an assload of people countering any legal action.

This is going to be awesome!

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Why you need a home lab to keep your job

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Re: Loooooooser

"Given a choice between 4 hours of research and practice in SharePoint Development or"

Given a choice between *anything* Microsoft, and *anything else*, I'll go for *anything else* anytime! Even more so if it's working hours. Thankfully, I rarely have to deal with MS crap.

That said, given my line of work, stuff I do on the 'home lab' will affect my future income. So sure, I can lay off the home lab, but that means I will run out of income further down the road. Sure, I *do* add up personal time & rest, so I'm not doing "home research" 24/7.

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Re: But if this cycle continues

It depends on your job. If you acquire enough know-how with your home lab, it could be that you end up either outsourcing yourself (for real, not the scam that Verizon worker pulled off), opening up your own IT consulting business, or just polishing up your CV for better employers.

Either way, it'll pay off.

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Re: Argh!

What would seem at a first glance as my 'living room' is actually half living room, half an unwalled space meant to be a third room. I have mostly used the latter space functionally as a "third room", and lo and behold, this is where all my IT gear lives. That includes my very first "home lab" which given that the hardware isn't top notch (and wasn't when I built it back in 2009) is now lagging. Though the 8Gb RAM helps.

These days, most of my "lab" resides in the 16Gb RAM, i5-powered MBP I take to work, which gives me the advantage of carrying my lab with me to work. For the stuff I use these days, VMs cover most of my needs.

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Microsoft can't even shift Windows 8 slabs in the middle of a tablet frenzy

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Re: Contempt! @JDX and Jobs

Jobs rebuilt Apple deciding for users, but he actually knew that what he was pushing would be accepted. And he had his Reality Distortion Field to pull it off.

MS is copying Apple yet again, but this time they're pushing something that they KNOW nobody wants, their market studies point elsewhere but still they push it trying to pull a Jobs sans RDF. This is what happens.

At this point, defending MS is as bad as Eadon's MS trashing, if not worse.

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BlackBerry Q10: This quirky QWERTY will keep loyalists perky

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Re: Not just for loyalists @TheVogon

They're only becoming "irrelevant" in the enterprise for those who don't have strict security standards. As it is, I know of at least two large financial entities that still rely on Blackberries for work stuff. BYOD isn't as universal as it seems.

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Seagate squeezes out 4TB desktop monster

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Re: best buy a couple @Danny 14

Someone already mentioned it, given that a previous poster mentioned "raidz2"...

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When open-source eats itself, we win

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KDE vs. GNOME

That particular competition has kinda produced results. Qt is the one true multiplatform GUI toolkit, and KDE was much easier to develop for.

GNOME, on the other hand, has done an EPIC FAIL by choosing JavaScript as their "main language". Meh.

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Astronomers unravel solar system's strange energy 'ribbon'

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Re: Am I the only one

So, should I try to get into the Nexus then?

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BIS, bash, bosh: El Reg solves BlackBerry 10 email bafflement

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Re: Baby out with the bathwater.

Lack of BIS is also making me iffy on this. Maybe I should go and upgrade to a 9900 instead, and sit out on this BB10 thing. I was going to jump in, but losing BIS is well, kinda losing the BB security advantage of having a BB. Yes, the handset itself is going to be FIPS 140-2 certified, but the email is going to take longer to get there, and it'll go unencrypted, *and* eat through my standard data plan.

On the upside, by the time I jump to BB10 maybe they'll re-open BIS and they'll have more apps to boot.

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GNOME project picks JavaScript as sole app dev language

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Re: I'll stick to my Microsoft stack ...

The "Microsoft stack" is mostly the Linux and/or Java stack, but just bastardized into going the Microsoft way:

Active Directory is LDAP as imagined by Microsoft: weird binary objects needed to change ACLs, non-standard password management/storage, non-standard hashes, forced RDN standards on objectclasses. Oh, and once you create an AttributeType or ObjectClass, you can't never, ever delete it!

.NET is the Java/JVM part, with byteco... um... "MSIL". They added more than one language to compile to this, though.

C# is pirated Java, except a lot of the classpath is actually a wrapper over the Win32 library. (This isn't bad, actually! But it sucks for portability outside Win32). MS didn't have the balls to kill their stupid language (VB) so instead they hacked it into having something "similar" to C# and called it "VB.net".

WebServices using weird stuff that can't be read by other platforms that arent .NET. I regularly had to build shell WebServices on Java just to get a WSDL that could be implemented in .NET and not make everyone else barf at it.

The Microsoft stack is OK as long as you have everything 100% MS.

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Re: Really, guys?

JavaScript is good for one thing only: webby stuff. It works as a webpage enrichment language and to make web stuff look c00l, and alternatively for AJAX stuff.

But it sucks for anything else. I'd rather do stuff in *Perl* than Javascript!

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Re: API, not language @boltar

The thing with Gnome/GTK+ is that they actually implemented OO in C instead of going for C++. So the whole thing looks as ugly as MFC, because your "pointers" are actually representing objects, but instead of having the OO specific syntax, you have to use weird function voodoo to get the same stuff you get with C++.

And I don't know about Gnome, but GTK development was a nightmare. I gave up and switched to Qt real fast... and by "real fast", I mean 2002. It's much cleaner.

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BlackBerry 10: Good news, there's still time to fix this disaster

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Re: Battery life?

Hopefully, having the QNX kernel might help on that side. I do however think that they should keep the email-through-BIS feature up, it's kinda one of their core selling points, encrypted email.

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BlackBerry: Aaah, Microsoft, we meet again.. for another deathmatch

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FIPS certification

"At this point, the on device encryption is not certified, but that is coming – Microsoft has stated that they are looking to get the encryption FIPS certified."

Meanwhile, the WP8 devices can't be sold to Gov't. Even WP7 isn't certified, which speaks a lot of how much MS cares about these certs.

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By now...

I'm betting that MS has a worse standing than Blackberry by now.

- BB10 has the FIPS 140-2 certification, so they get to keep US Gov contracts, and have an edge over the fruity phone which lacks this cert, and WinPhone8 possibly lacks this as well, given that WP7 lacks it.

- MS has a thing on abandoning mobile platforms. Just ask anyone who used Windows CE before it "morphed" into WinMo. Or those who developed for WinMo. Then more recently the WinPhone7 OS. By now, betting on WinPhone8 would be like betting on a Pinto not catching fire.

- BB10 had something of a "beta" version in the form of the PlayBook OS. So there are already developers familiar with it.

- BB10's QNX legacy means it has features that no other OS has, like being able to share stuff between same devices (check out PlayBook Confetti)

- As the article mentioned, a pretty large user base still remains hooked to BBM.

So maybe BB does have a chance to overtake MS....

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Facebook finds new way to wring hundreds from users

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O RLY?

Given that those stores only exist in the US, it's no wonder it's US only!

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India's most trusted brand Nokia hit with £1.5bn tax bill

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Re: where did the difference goes to?

As much as I don't like the taxman charging for unreal profits, the claim is that the 6 consecutive losses weren't real, and there was actual profit on those losses. Thus the 1.5billion is based on those profits.

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Microsoft Dell deal would restore PC makers' confidence

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@Fred Flinstone

There are others who died after MS got their grubby hands on them:

- Palm: tanked after switching PalmOS to WinMo.

- Sendo: oooh the humanity!

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Samsung mocks Apple lawsuit in SuperBowl teaser ad

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Re: Am I the only person..

Theres a Cracked article on "stupid things you can't believe are copyrighted" and they mention exactly this thing. I doubt they could be sued for defamation. Even if they could do it, doing so would actually bring the issue to the Streissand Effect.

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Fun fact

The "El Plato Supreme" ad might be even biting on something that is true: NFL does troll over its rights to SuperBowl. If say, Domino's offers a special SuperBowl discount package ... they can't say it's the "Super Bowl package" but they have to say something like "The Big Game Package".

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Re: face

hehe. They have to pay something like 40% to iFone in Mexico. Karma!

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Apple blocks Java on the Mac over security concerns

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hehehe

The difference between Javascript and Java is:

One is a steaming pile of bull used a lot in web stuff ... and the other can actually be compiled to bytecode. ;)

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Re: Fixable by editing XProtect.meta.plist

Indeed, yesterday had 1.7.13 come out, so I do wonder if it is more of an issue with Apple sending the minimum version update before the actual update came out.

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Indeed

It is the browser plugin of Java. Though 1.7.13 is out, so it might actually be a matter of Apple putting the dependency *before* Oracle put out the update, not actually blocking Java intentionally.

The JRE itself isn't blocked, attested by me being able to use LdapBrowser and NetBeans. :)

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Re: Hmm.

JavaScript is a turd. Nothing even remotely related to security should be ever implemented in that. Not just for performance, but also because it can be modified by clients, so anything depending on JS to validate business rules is easily overridden.

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Michael Dell to buy himself on Monday?

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Maybe, oh just maybe...

They're gobbling up Quest. Dell (company) seems to be killing a certain useful piece of software Quest has, that is very good (a VDS solution) and there's no real replacement in the market. Maybe Dell (the man) might think otherwise?

Or maybe, just maybe, pull off non-MS hardware and not have to give a flying fudge? Private companies don't need to have ever-increasing profits.

Hell, everything's possible!

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BlackBerry bets fans are willing to upgrade skills

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Which version?

The Bold 9000 and 9700 came with BBOS 4.6 and 5.0 respectively, which included the infamous "piece o'crap" BB browser. The 9700 can be upgraded to BBOS6, which has the WebKit-based browser for a much better browsing experience.

More recent Bold handsets had OS6 or 7, so you got the better browser. If BB10 has anything like the PlayBook's browser, I'm guessing the web browsing is going to be very good.

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Meh

blah blah blah

... I want to know more about the Q10. Touchscreen only phones are meh.

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'Silent but deadly' Java security update breaks legacy apps - dev

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Re: Thanks Oracle, for showing us how to fix security issues

"(chorus follows trying to explain how they need Java for this and that and they cannot remove it from their browsers. Sorry folks, this is my home PC environment and enterprisey applications or banking contraptions written ten years ago don't apply)"

If the Enterprise were no longer writing stuff in Java, I'd probably be out of work. *New* stuff is being made in Java. And Mexico's SAT (the taxman, that is) uses Java for sending in stuff, as everything you send is signed with a private key you register with SAT. The whole signing/validation thing is done by ... an applet. So disable Java, and you can't send your stuff to the taxman!

Oh, that app I'm talking about? Made in 2010.

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Re: Duh, perhaps there are too many bugs in Java 6 and it's time for an update?

I do distinctly remember having problems a couple of years ago running an app that did an RMI/IIOP connection to WebLogic Server 8.1 (which runs on J2EE 1.4) from a client running Java 6. Autoboxing breaks something server-side, as it tries to send a Boolean to a boolean. However, this can be fixed by simply doing

java -version:1.4 -jar MyClientApp.jar

which makes Java run in something akin to a compat mode. Of course, the problem referred to in this article isn't a compat issue, but more of the exe no longer being where the scripts expect them to be. I'd add that usually these out of place JRE/JDKs might have some extra libraries in lib/ext that aren't in the "updated" JRE, which might end up breaking the apps when they start using the new JRE...

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I watched Excel meet 1-2-3, and beat it fair and square

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FoxPro!

Actually, I used FoxPro for anything "Windows GUI programming" for most of the 90's. It was pretty goodd for Windows 3.1, their problem was that it never really got updated after that.

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Java open-source frameworks 'pose risk' to biz - report

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Spring/Hibernate is reinventing the wheel

Actually, it is a reinvention of the wheel. J2EE already existed, as a framework, and does most of the stuff Spring and Hibernate does. Some folks just got mad that Entity Beans were chosen for ORM mapping, then went on and built the "renegade" framework. The EE5 spec now uses annotations, threw away the original EntityBean and now uses something closer to Hibernate (IIRC Hibernate can be used as the persistence engine). Upshot of using EE5+JSF w/o extras is that resulting EARs can be deployed to appservers without munging with extra libs or XML config files on the appserver...

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How to destroy a brand-new Samsung laptop: Boot Linux on it

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My god it's full of shills

MS astroturfing. Nice.

Now let's see, what would these shills say if a virus were to reweite the Win8 EFI loader, taking advantage of this particular bug and brick the Samsung laptops when booting Win8?

I'm old enough to remember the Chernobyl/CIH virus. Motherboard designs were changed after that, so why should Samsung dismiss this as "freetard tinkering"?

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YouTube's hilarious cat videos could soon cost you $5 a month

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Re: @Stephen 2 If they really want to help video creators

I think you mean "Google Ad Land" ... with one d. The only add Google does, is when they add their profits from the wall o' ads. ;)

That said, IIRC YouTube was actually losing money before the Google acquisition. The dudes who sold it to Google were really happy to sell it because the model wouldn't have succeeded without ads...

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Oracle 'fesses up: Java security flaws more than storm in teacup

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Re: Crapware Payload

The developer version of Java SE / JRE doesn't come with the crapware stuff. In fact, I learned about the crapware only after the ZDNet article that mentioned it.

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Three years since his Sun gobble, what hath Ellison wrought?

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Garbage arch

x86 is the garbage architecture of the world. We should be running RISC based hardware by now, but Intel cranked up the clock rates to get their processors to match RISC. Notice that ARM was born sometime around the late-80s and yet manages to have a fairly good performance without running hot or drawing too much power.

Hopefully, we're closer to an ARM takeover, maybe we'll finally get R&D for non-Intel architectures...

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Re: What if the governments had refused the takeover?

Had the deal gone bad, Sun might've been able to recover if they had actually sell the stuff on their software stack. Their LDAP and IDM solutions are very good; in fact, most of the people from the Identity suite went on and forked the whole thing. Check out ForgeRock!

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Re: Other Sun purchase benefits

Oracle hasn't killed MySQL though. The roadmap for the former Sun software stack may be grim, but at least MySQL is still ticking.

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So: 6,500 Win 8 laptops later, how are BT's field engineers coping?

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Re: @Chad H. Win 8 is a grower

Oh dear, MS wants to copy Apple yet again, and this time they succeeded partially.

They've created MS fanboi legions that are as defensive of their crap as the Apple fanbois are! Admit it, TIFKA Metro looks like an oversized Fabulous Fred and is fugly to use! This article at no point mentions any improvement by the Metro interface.

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@quarky

"desktop mode" is what you're in when you're not using the "Fabulous Fred" interface mode.

That said, it seems the engineers are mostly using a front-end app, so they don't suffer from interface change pain. Also, it's a touchscreen device so it does take advantage of the extra stuff, and being a newer OS than XP, driver support must be much better.

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Wii-U boat torpedoes Nintendo's '¥20bn profit' into ¥20bn loss

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Re: I really wish people would stop doing this

Agreed. People buying smartphones aren't going to buy a smartphone vs. gaming console; there will be somef who do, but those wanting mobile gaming might go for the 3DS or PSVita for that. In fact, the 3DS started selling strong when they dropped the pricetag, so I'm guessing the real limiting factor on those is actually related to pricetag, not to "smartphone defeats gaming consoles".

The Wii U, however, sucks.

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Hacker faces 105 years inside after FBI 'sexploitation' arrest

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At least it does seem to be milder...

There's that other guy who asked for underage boy pix and then proceeded to blackmail them into boning 'em.

Anyway, any of these cases of blackmail is just wrong. Nabbing a couple of naked pix from someone else's computer is already unethical, but using them for blackmail purposes is just plain evil.

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Is your Surface Pro a bit full? Slot in an SD card, it's not from Apple

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Re: Limited capacity

Um... Blackberries have the option to encrypt stuff stored on the SD card. The problem could be that not all OSen support this, and that when they do, it isn't interchangeable with other devices or PCs.

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You thought watching cat videos was harmless fun? Think AGAIN

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Re: Film at 11

I have a pigeon infestation problem at my apartment. One of the possible solutions is exactly that: buying a cat and unleash it against the pigeons!

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