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Snowden, Dotcom, throw bombs into NZ election campaign

Brett Weaver
Black Helicopters

Re: What tosh

Your comments strike me as being from someone who was not an adult in 1984 when the separation from ANZUS started. I certainly had occasional exposure to US diplomats in Wellington and I can promise you that things were decidedly frosty for a long while.

Aussie playing the "good" vs the "naughty" NZ didn't help either. The French would never have bombed a ship in our harbour without tacit permission from the USA.

If Key has been sparing with the truth, that's the nature of politics.. He is more a chairman of the board than a schemer so what you see is what you get.. I wouldn't care if Labour got in with the Greens and NZ First ... Except I think it would be expensive tax wise.

I'll be really glad when the election is over and we can get back to things that matter.

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Windows hits the skids, Mac OS X on the rise

Brett Weaver

As a late comer to Windows 8...

I only just "upgraded" one of my PC's to Windows 8.1 - I am a software developer and I needed to know whether my products had an issue with the latest version.

Well, I had to load tonnes of new drivers and the "upgrade" killed all of the non system applications.

I ran into what seem to be every newbies issues: Why do these panels flick out and then never go away? How do I close an application? - I must admit I found the Microsoft answer to the latter breathtaking in its rudeness. It said that applications from the Microsoft store did not slow down my computer and so I should just leave them running...Why do they lie about it? I thought my resorting to Alt-F4 was anachronistic but it seems to be the way its done without having to stroke the hell out of a 26" touch sensitive monitor. Even then, it turns out the applications disappear from the task list on their own time.

Microsoft make some pretty good software. This is not it. Blind Pew could have seen that people would not like this product. It gives pain for no gain.

Not trolling.. Just had a singularly unpleasant time with this product and so was interested in the sales stats.

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Star Trek: The original computer game

Brett Weaver
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IBM System /34 Anyone?

1981 on a System /34.. Used to print out a certificate when you finished.. Something like .. "Congratulations Captain Kirk you have killed <Random Number> of Klingons with an efficiency rating of NN."

Unless you were killed - when the certificate was quite abusive as I remember.

The competition to get your efficiency rating high was immense..

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Exec responsible for Apple iOS map fiasco walks the plank

Brett Weaver
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Wow - Holding folks responsible?

This news is like a breath of fresh air.

So many IT projects fail without anyone being held responsible. This news should mean that the folks are more focussed on getting it right, not just getting it out.

Competent people are not afraid to make and admit to mistakes.

Incompetent people deliver crap products which are an accumulation of many mistakes because they are too dishonest to acknowledge those mistakes. They should be held accountable to prevent repeats.

Wouldn't it be great if this happened in a lot of other places?

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No Choice but Windows 8?

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No Choice but Windows 8?

I just went on to the Dell site to price up a desktop to use as an additional development machine.

Because I use database servers on my machines I don't like other processes stealing cycles from the programs I want to run. Therefore the idea of compulsory "live" tiles fills me with dread. MS used to bleat that its file indexing did not use any resources. I do not know one professional software developer who did not find out how to, and turn it off.

Remember when they said Exchange and MSSQL would free up memory when it was needed by other processes rather than stealing every spare KB?

I get grumpy with WinZip,Adobe and all the others installing little virus' that "check for updates". I dont want "live tiles. I do not want them taking even 1 cycle.

But I cannot buy a new Dell box without windows 8!!

Its ok, I can buy second hand, or from hobbyist shops.

But bloody hell! Dell kept XP as an option for some time after Vista - I believe until Win 7. Well, I guess they know their market better than me. I am a small niche.

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The Register lands in Australia

Brett Weaver

Can we now get

Can we now get the UK site when we enter .co.uk at the end of the address?

I like Australia.. Was living there till June.. But when I key a .uk site I do not want some "clever" web server giving me localised stories in the antipodes. I want UK stories when I key UK! (I guess I can use an anonymiser but.. WTF!!!)

The West Islands now has their own site hooray!

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Windows Server 2012: Smarter, stronger, frustrating

Brett Weaver

Unix vs Windows

Simple really.

So simple I may have been misled by the 5 servers I've tried this on.. If I have I apologise to Microsoft.

1... Write 8000 1 MB files on a DVD (like a backup)

2... Put it into a Unix Box and read every file name

3... Put it into a Windows box and wait 15 minutes (at least) to regain control of the box.

As far as I am concerned a fatal Windows flaw which still exists on Windows 8...

But If I have done something wrong please correct me.

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Microsoft denies Windows 8 app spying via SmartScreen

Brett Weaver
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I'm more worried about...

This simply should not be allowed to happen. What it means is that if a business tool which competes with MS is installed on your machine, MS can selectively load down "security patches" to cause it to fail.

They have done this before where only one product competed (NETSCAPE) but now they can treat competition like virus.

The people at MS demonstrably do not have the moral or intellectual integrity to be allowed this data and should be stopped from obtaining it.

In the mean time, another good argument for avoiding .Net development.

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BOFH: Our Excel-lent new boss and the diagram plan

Brett Weaver
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Re: Lady Boss

A sort-of IT Crowd?

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Success! Curiosity Mars lander arrives precisely on schedule

Brett Weaver
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Re: Congrats to NASA

I love the fact that I live in the world where there is a NASA..

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The Higgs boson search continues ... into ANOTHER dimension

Brett Weaver

Oh.. alright..

Remember light flickin' out at a constant? Well, I'm sorry... matter just does a similar thing ok? Its pretty obvious if you think it through..

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Behold: First look at Office 2013, with screenshots

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Re: Why - Oh Why waste so much money when Open Office & LibreOffice are free?

While I appreciate your point.. MS Office is the standard and nobody wants to send a document and find the recipient has to do something weird to view it.. At least in main street business.

But you are right - Like Win 8 .. Nothing makes me think - I need this!

Happy to be convinced though..

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More Steve Jobs iPad mini attacks from beyond the grave

Brett Weaver
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Re: Ummmm Yeah. Right.

I want a 7" tablet with a dual beam projector and Kinnect - like detector so I can manipulate a projected image.

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Microsoft offers beta of Windows Server 2012 Essentials

Brett Weaver

One feature worrying me on 2012...

It appears from the technical session I went to that MS will be including de-duplication functionality... As windows does not handle background I/O processes very well - I always switch off indexing and network management on windows is still a joke - I hope it can be easily avoided.

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RIM wakes up woozy in Australia

Brett Weaver
Meh

Meanwhile in Queensland...

Its a holiday on Monday so we won't get the news till Tuesday. Oh Well.

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The cure for US job woes: More immigrants

Brett Weaver

My My..

As an economic immigrant myself, I like to think that I have some idea of the issues associated with the subject.

There is no doubt that two factors do tend to cause some confusion in this debate.

1.. The type of person who migrates is probably a little different than the person who does not. (This is before we consider race or other factors).

2.. When you come into a new situation, you often see things that the folk that have lived there don't. The New Zealand farmers have an expression that I will dilute to "There's nothing like a stranger to make you think". In other words a tourist quite often asks dumb questions that give you a new perspective on what you are doing..

So you have people coming in who are different and asking dumb questions or worse.. seizing opportunities missed by the locals and this is unsettling.

At this stage a lot of people would criticize the locals for not being accommodating. I believe there is a need for folk that just stay and be. They are the folk that underpin society.

Newbies to any society should make the majority of concessions and should respect the contributions made to provide the fertile soils they can till.

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Carrier IQ VP: App on millions of phones not a privacy risk

Brett Weaver
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I'm Sorry But..

Not querying the company about their initial reaction, and the inferences we are allowed to draw from that, means that this is a puff piece.

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Mobile industry needs Windows, handset vendors warn

Brett Weaver

You Forget

@ Jack Prichard -The Kiwis are the current Rugby League Champions as well..

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iPhone 4S pre-orders obliterate sales records

Brett Weaver
Joke

@Alistair - Sorry to be the one to tell you...

But everyone knows your wife :-)

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Kiwis drop the ball on government server upgrade

Brett Weaver
Facepalm

Lets Hear the Names!

Maybe someone can supply:

- The CIO responsible

- The services firm that screwed things up

No point in reporting the fault without knowing that.

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BOFH: No, the Fabinocci sequence

Brett Weaver
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Good But I am awaiting Robots

If only the BOFH's in firms I do work with did it deliberately..

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Everyone knew NoTW 'rogue reporter' bit was untrue

Brett Weaver

You have forgotten

The whole purpose, and only purpose of the law is to shift the cost of policing from the rich (who benefit) to the poor (who don't).

Remember the Law has nothing to do with Justice.

It's the same the whole world over

It's the poor what gets the blame

It's the rich what gets the pleasure

Ain't it all a bloomin' shame?

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Sixty-seven WIMPs spotted in the wild, maybe

Brett Weaver
Go

Didn't the effects of gravity manage to go faster than light?

No, you are thinking of tachyon particles.. But they are out condensing in their fields...

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Telstra's branding plans leaked to El Reg

Brett Weaver
FAIL

Lipstick on a Pig...

Telstra is a fairly ugly pig as well.

At least as a consultant I can sometimes influence the choice of telecommunications provider. I try to make them suffer for the misery they put me through...

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Google settles illegal drug ad probe for $500 million

Brett Weaver

A light observation...

As such a late-comer to democracy (when did blacks get full rights in all electorates?) the United States Citizen still has a belief in the law that beggars Saints in their God.

I have travelled with truck drivers and such in the southern states who thought that not paying taxes was the equivalent of being a traitor..

I'm afraid there are 1.5 billion commonwealth citizens who will never understand them .. But still think they are pretty! :-)

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Good news: A meltdown would kill fewer than we thought

Brett Weaver

Lewis IS the Green Lantern!

http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/asia/5379003/Deadly-radiation-pockets-found-at-Fukushima

We know that REALLY BAD nuclear accidents will hardly ever happen. But same morons who place reactors on the sea shore and earthquake faults are the same folk calculating the risks...

My problem is this: If the worst happens, I feel sorry for the folk that die within a short time of the event. But I feel obligated to ensure that nothing my generation does should lead to folk dying for thousands of years... High Level Waste - Even a relatively small number of tonnes will do this.

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RIM BlackBerry PlayBook 7in tablet

Brett Weaver
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Yes! Another review of an expensive toy that does less than the opposition

When clone computers came out against IBM, the big thing was they were better, faster and cheaper. The Register seems to want to laud products that are slower, have less resolution and function and are more expensive than the dominant product. How much are you guys getting paid?

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Google 'close to $500m settlement' over illegal drug ads

Brett Weaver
WTF?

Bit of a problem with this..

Google are being fined for showing advertisements for products which are illegal in the States or cannot be purchased directly in the States...

So... No Right Hand drive cars, Kinder Surprises, Amsterdam coffee houses, European brothels then?

Censorship comes in many forms.

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US Navy produces smart, cheap 6kg fire+forget missile

Brett Weaver
Coat

..Probably not important but..

A couple of things:

1) The Navy came up with this? I would have thought the Airforce or Army had a greater need. Maybe the Navy has a higher IQ?

2) The computational power to achieve what these things do is now easily accomodated by an iphone. Make the future just that little bit more scary

Mines the one with real core in the pocket..

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TorrentFreak seeking copyright report’s mysterious author

Brett Weaver

Of Course...

I hope we can now rely on Lewis Page to address this issue ..

He can tell us how we are all being ridiculous and ignorant even caring about it!

So what if a 70 year old grandmother gets bankrupted because she has to fight a spurious court case over her grandsons internet use? Its not as bad as someone being murdered is it?

Comparisons like the above help us put our worries in perspective and Lewis is the expert at these.

Lewis knows that the authorities always act with our best interests at heart, are absolutely far thinking and competent so his defence of Sony and their ilk should make for authoritative and soothing reading.

We know in the future that any article by Lewis will be the reference work on the subject and will reflect the only right thinking on the subject. This will be regardless of anyone having other opinions, knowledge or experience. So I look forward to him taking this issue with his usual even handed approach.

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Fukushima explained in crap cartoon

Brett Weaver

I guess my concerns are:

1.. Park your Nuclear Power Station on the beach and then don't allow for tsunami... Hmmm pretty dumb for a country that invented the name of the phenomenon...

2.. Lie to the public about whats going on in such a way that you are found out almost immediately and so lose any credibility.

3.. With nuclear power the problem is not the likelihood of radiation release killing people immediately. Its an accident poisoning a wide area of ground for generations. Comparisons against Dam disasters or equivalents neglect this aspect. Shit happens - but with a nuclear accident it just keeps on keeping on...

Oh... and by the way.. as an occasional Christchurch resident I can assure everyone that the magnitude of the quake has less to do with any damage than you would imagine.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercalli_intensity_scale

The Japan had a slightly smaller MMI on average than the Christchurch shake because it was deeper and further away. The tsunami though caused the enormous tragedy.

Its a shame the designers didn't look back through Japanese history.

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Steve Jobs bends iPad price reality

Brett Weaver

Just my thoughts

I don't have a tablet but the tablet I will buy will have:

1.. The best resolution

2.. Oh, hang on, 1 just disqualified everyone else!

Why isn't Xoom half Apples price? It should sit way under Apples pricing umbrella as it is less sophisticated in terms of design and usability and it is the pretender to the throne.

To compare Apple with anything else, for a start it has to have an equivalent display. Thats pretty much what a tablet is.

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China plans city 'twice the size of Wales'

Brett Weaver
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Something Lost in Trans...

We can guess where you are .. It sounds like Alexander City, Alabama!

Actually its fun to imagine 35 million Chinese moving into one of those underpopulated southern states!

I wonder if the South would stay the poor cousin for very long?

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Grand jury meets to decide fate of WikiLeaks founder

Brett Weaver
Unhappy

Its sadly amusing...

That the poms are all saying "tutt" "tutt" to the Americans for being - well, lets face it, bullies.. And yet its the British legal system that has a man imprisoned for what would be laughable charges if they were ever brought to court.

The most cowardly reaction was Julia Gillard (PM Aussie) but has been a close run thing....

A number of the world's leaders have failed to cover themselves in glory with this issue.

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THE TRUTH on the Californian NASA POISON ALIENS

Brett Weaver
Joke

And.. of course

Selenium from "Free and Lovely" will kill it...

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Google ops czar condemns multi-core extremists

Brett Weaver
Boffin

Google needs IBM's Chips

In the end.. IBM is the only firm that can supply the chips with the power and integration that Google needs.. Well IMHO anyway..

They could also help their OS development too...

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IE9 strips to win Chrome fans

Brett Weaver

I Agree

If it does not run faster than Chrome, Microsoft has had a year to copy it of course... Then it should be ignored . I just get fed up with so called "reviewers" talking about software like this. If it runs faster - then great! I'm interested.. If not and you have been paid to advertise it please include that information in the heading so we dont waste time.

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All CO2-spewing kit now in existence is OK for the planet

Brett Weaver

Of course

The Cubans have proven that the V8 can actually last forever - properly maintained.

Also the straight six flathead...

I have not seen the figures.. How many tonnes of CO2 did that last Icelandic volcano spew?...

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Lord Peter views the logfile

Brett Weaver
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I remember..

Back when I was a kid and parents would try to pretend to be celebrities at the christmas party (I lived in a small town) I used to shudder with embarrassment. This article reminds me of such a time.

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Microsoft offers iPhone devs Windows Phone 7 cash

Brett Weaver
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Fan Mail

Bloody good article - Informative and told me something that I needed to know. Yay! I knew there was a reason (other than bofh) that I read The Register!

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Brett Weaver

"gams developers?"

I leave THAT to folk with more wit than me...

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Cops cuff coke-smuggling lingerie model

Brett Weaver

The Dorian Gray Defense

I am so good looking.. I cannot be guilty of anything...

Well, hell.. I agree. Let her go, you monsters!

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iPad talks to external hard drive? Yes it can

Brett Weaver

Maybe..but..

While I appreciate that viewing content is important, I was sorta hoping that the IPad would be the perfect vehicle for things like inspection systems.

An inspection of a shipment, for example, requires access to regulations, commercial invoices and other documents. It also needs to be able to record comments and metrics along with photos.

The Ipad seems to me to be an ideal platform for this. 64GB is plenty of room for any required reference documents and a database to record observations and photos.

I don't believe that the above is a rare application of IPad technology. Apple could well have produced a valuable business tool.

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Microsoft: 'Using IE6 is like drinking 9-year-old milk'

Brett Weaver

I dont have any problems using a Microsoft Browser

Its just that its soooo sloooowwwww compared to Chrome or Firefox.

If Microsoft want their product used, maybe they should be trying to deliver a better product?

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Jesus Phone to exhibit holy gift of bilocation

Brett Weaver

Pre-emptive multitasking

As anyone who has ever used a Windows OS knows, Windows has never had true pre-emptive multitasking.

This is evident when you are connecting to a network for example, when everything freezes on your desktop until the connection is made. It is also evident - particularly on Vista - when you load a DVD with thousands of files on it.

Multi-threading or multitasking makes the most sense when multiple CPU's are available with one to handle IO (for example) and others to handle application steps. Maybe the IPhone is getting another processor?

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Smut is OK, says Montreal prof

Brett Weaver
Happy

Hang on...

"men don't want their partner to look like a porn star,"

...uhmmmmm

Ocasionally its fun!

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Edward Woodward dies at 79

Brett Weaver

I remember...

The Callan episodes where his death gets faked.. and then he came back. The pathos of Lonely being at the side of the grave..

Brilliant. He was one of those very few number of actors where you will watch anything with him in it - simply because you know he is in it.

I never knew how much of a fan I was till he died..

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Sputnik, spaghetti and the IBM SPACE machine

Brett Weaver
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Ah..Ha! He worked for ICL!!

I had some experience of 1401 computers but from afar. I agree about the print out. Like the tractr1 printers on the System /3 they were responsible for many multipart documents, clean and easy to read.

I had a brief stint on ICL in the 80's - How does a firm who came up with the DDE and bought Singer computers not be able to produce a data entry system which submitted jobs?? Or a decent printer?

I remember all the bootlace like wires for the 1401 and the stories of folks who wrote sort routines...

Those were the days when every cycle of your processor was yours and didn't flash up advertisements or reminders to get Genuine Annoyances.

In fact every instruction had a cycle count - Woe betide the programmer who did not program efficienctly as well as effectively.

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Think you're tech savvy? You won't be when you're old

Brett Weaver
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There is no way....

That the old codger in front of me at the bank is going to miss out on the opportunity for a bit of human contact with a teller.

At my local branch there are a couple of ladies that make the trip worthwhile...

Actually...

While its true that hardware technology is getting more powerful, we know that by the time we retire, Windows will have slowed even quantum computers to the speed of a 386 SX running windows 3.1....

Maybe we have been the ones to drive the really fast computers! Like the V8's of the late sixties we will never see their like again!

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