* Posts by Nick Pettefar

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Mmmmffll-CHOMP: I won? Reg reader to have CHOC-TASTIC YEAR

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Is it as good as Hotel Chocolat?

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El Reg reanimates Cash'n'Carrion merchandising tentacle

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No Pocket

The Polo shirt needs a pocket for the On-Call mobile and company badge.

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Mysterious BEAM outside London Googleplex ZAPPED

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Is Anyone

thinking of the children?!

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VINYL is BACK and you can thank Sonos for that

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Swindon HiFi

I used to own a Garrard Zero 100SB deck with a parallel arm that turned the cartridge to align with the record - ace! I currently own an SP25, from from Freecycle, for the few records I play nowadays. In the day I hated the hissing and scratches and dust pops but it is nice to occasionally listen to some of my remaining albums - Joni Mitchell Blue, Joan Baez, Bob Marley, Sade, AC/DC, etc - hisses and pops and all. The Swindon Garrard factory is long gone of course although I believe the name survives for some specialist DJ decks built in a nearby village. www.garrard501.com/history.html

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Why solid-state disks are winning the argument

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Re: Why I use SSD #2

My missus strapped her work's laptop to the rack of her (non-suspension) bicycle and rode to work and back for at least a week before it failed.

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El Reg spends One Night in Hell with Queen's Brian May

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Proof Reading?

The Apps' title is "DELVE INTO THE WORLD OF OF THE DEVILISH 1860s SENSATION"

Hmmm... Taking a devil of of of a long time to download too.

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Apple's new iPADS have begun the WAR that will OVERTURN the NETWORK WORLD

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Re: The simple way to avoid this.. @Beau

Definitely! I used to live in Brussels until recently.

In a way they lose out both ways, the mobiles are expensive and the contracts aren't as cheap as they should be.

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Solaris fix-it firm offers free BASH patch for legacy Oracle kit

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Solaris 9 Bash Patch Bollox

Oracle refused to give us the Solaris 9 bash patch, despite releasing the Solaris 11, 10 AND 8 patches! The Solaris 9 Bash patch depended on another patch which they deemed a Vintage Systems patch and of course we did not have that support...!

Eventually they relented; I guess they received so many requests and complaints (like mine and I also opened level 1 SRs with them for this) that they felt bad about it and gave in, but who knows how these people work...

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How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?

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Mac flac cack wack

Apple does not forbid flac on Mac or any other format! You can download any program or audio file you want!

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Getting to the BOTTOM of the great office seating debate

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Gah!

What a load of rubbish!

These people and companies need to find something useful to do.

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No, thank you. I will not code for the Caliphate

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Re: > Isis please.

:BB:

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MEN WANTED to satisfy town full of yearning BRAZILIAN HOTNESS

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From the Telegraph:

"Elida Dayse, who organises visits to the area, said: “It looks as if the majority of the population are women, but it’s partly because the men leave during the week to work in the city.” However, some of the town’s women fear that an influx of men could destroy their distinctive way of life."

So basically there are a lot of single women but not exclusively, no work, it's poor and it's miles from anywhere. Surely there are better prospects elsewhere for a young man?

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Not so Instagram now: Time-shifting Hyperlapse iPhone tool unveiled

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Re: the hyperlapse

yeah but will it run on my iPhone?

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Tim Cook: I'm NOT worried about CRAP iPad sales. It's just a 'speedbump'

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I upgraded from a 3 to an Air and it was wonderful! Smaller, lighter, faster, more capacity and the new connector too. It was definitely a win win for me. I love my Air. (I didn't see the point to go from a 3 to a 4 though.) I gave my 3 to my musician son who is making very good use of it, even if most of his stuff gives me a headache.

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The Register to boldly go where no Vulture has gone before: The WEEKEND

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Do we get a Page Three too?

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Nuts to your poncey hipster coffees, I want a TESLA ELECTRO-CAFE

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I always ask for a normal coffee, with milk. It always works. As for the rest of the drinks they offer - who knows? I once tried a drinking chocolate but it was too sweet.

WiFi needs to be available to all, not dependent on individual businesses/people. It is a basic requirement of modern life.

Sheeeeesh!

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Ham-fisted farmer fear: A peanut-butter-and-iPhone sandwich

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Google spaffs $50 MILLION on 'get girls coding' campaign

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Re: Coding is a fundamental skill that’s going to be a part of almost everything

"@dan 1980 I think you are mistaken. In the same way that everyday people use a spreadsheet instead of calculating the figures manually"

I don't meet many people who use spreadsheets to calculate figures - most use them to write table-form documents. If any calculations were needed they would do them by hand. Most people haven't a flippin' clue what a spreadsheet is for!

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Recommendations for NAS-based home media set-up

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Traditional?

QNAP TS210 -> Mac Mini (OS X + iTunes) -> Apple TV (all wired GB Ethernet)

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Cameras for hacks: Idiot-proof suggestions invited

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Canon Powershot SX260 HS

I love my Canon Powershot SX260 HS camera, it was reasonably priced, is easy to use, small, light, has a good battery life, a small charger, a wonderful optical zoom and, best of all, comes in green!

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Och aye! It's the Loch Ness Monster – but only Apple fanbois can see it

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I had no idea the El Reg staff were in the pay of the Illuminati.

I will say no more. (Believe your eyes, that's all...)

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Technology is murdering customer service - legally

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Re: Amazon aren't bad

I have been impressed with Apple many times. The first thing they do is take your number and an alternate one so that they can call you back if the call is interrupted. It carries on from there in the same vein.

Amazon have never let me down, not once. They may not pay honest taxes but they get my vote. I also am impressed with PayPal and eBay who have always sorted out my problems with either them or customers. If I want something nowadays, I rarely buy it if I can't get it via Amazon or eBay because they can be relied upon.

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Re: Do I have to talk to someone

Frakkin' BT Mobile had two call centres, one in NI and one in Newcastle. Gawd!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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BEHOLD the HOLY GRAIL of TECH: The REVERSIBLE USB plug

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Re: Lightning

The trouble with the Lightning socket on my iPhone 5 is that it is a little narrow deep hole that filled up with the detritus of my pockets and then stopped working after a year.

For pocket use it needs either a flap, a cover or, to be really funky, designed like a vagina that is closed until something is inserted (and self-cleans).

Still, I got a free replacement iPhone 5 from Apple because of this so I shouldn't complain too loudly.

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Stop fondling that slab and shag, says lover rubber-glover

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Re: I wonder

I set mine to vibrate during sex.

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NZ bloke's drunken poker bet ends in 99-letter name

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We called our new daughter Ivy Frances, for medical reasons.

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Police pen shortage threatens Irish public order

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In Limerick at the police station

Theres a "shortage of pens" situation

When cons turn up to sign on

They're told the pens are all gone

(It's a sign of the state of the nation.)

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Yes! New company smartphones! ... But I don't WANT one

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Re: iPhone 4S

Most of his "reasons" are just bunk.

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SMELT YOU LATER: Apple announces conflict-free status

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4bn?

I can't imagine how asking people to fill in a form can add up to 4bn of any currency!

Care to enlighten us?

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Samsung flings sueball at Dyson for 'intolerable' IP copycat claim

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Re: The picture ..

Don't you mean Hoover over it?

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Plan 9 moves out from Lucent licence space

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Where's the Raspberry Pi download image?

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Apple marks '1984' anniversary with iPhone-produced un-commercial

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Same Same

It's not the hardware, it's the users. Had an identical experience here with our own hardware (large Jap company that makes their own laptops and projectors). Amusing.

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Devs write 'film my shag' sex app for Google Glass

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ER

Enhanced Reality! Think of it - you're shagging the mister/missus and yet it appears you are shagging a star/starlet(/sheep/robot/pumpkin/whatever). Of course you'd both be needing to wear them - fair's fair. Sign me (and my partner) up at once!

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Chinese Moon rover, lander duo wake up after two-week snooze

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Re: Non-Anglii sed Hispanici

South America was already a place for Germans, long before WW2, hence it was an easy place to run to for those able - they had large communities to blend into.

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Heart part more art than state-of-the-art: Shine wearable activity sensor

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Gone

My Shine came out of the wrist strap and has not been seen again.

I am using a Withings Pulse now but the clip bent open so it no longer clips - I keep it in my pocket.

Must go for a walk....

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Bring Your Own Disks: The Synology DS214 network storage box

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QNAP User

I have a couple of QNAP TS212 boxes and they are OK.

One box I use as an iSCSI JBOD for my Sun T2000, I created a ZFS mirror.

The other one is in standard use but one of the 2TB (Green) drives has failed. There is a USB socket on the back and I have connected a USB mirror device (Icy Box, 2x3TB disks) as I wanted to do a full backup in order to convert the QNAP to 2x3TB disks. Unfortunately there is no facility in the fancy software for that! I ssh'd in remotely and uses rsync instead. I think that the NAS software should support an easy way of upgrading the disks. There is a backup application but it is limited to specified folders, a certain number of folders (five I think) and they must already exist on the target. Ridiculous! I think QNAP technical support were embarassed when they told me this.

Does anyone know if Synology are any better?

Also, can you connect the Synology as a USB drive directly to one computer as well as a network drive to others?

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Confirmed: Apple gives nod to gobblement of Kinect-maker PrimeSense

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Re: Apple TV set or gaming?

I think that every Apple presentation/Keynote/developer thingy involves gaming with guest speakers/demos from the gaming industry. I guess you've never seen them.

iPad/od/hone is probably the largest games platform.

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HUMANITY STUNNED - Apple Retina iPad Mini arrives. A solemn moment

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Re: so as to be able to run apps without need for change software.

You can use the Kryton-2 zoom mode....

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AIR TIME! Our expert cosies up with the new top-end iPad

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Wow!

I also went from iPad 3 to iPad Air and what a difference! When I unpacked it I thought they'd sent me an iPad Mini instead! It is light enough to use in bed, doesn't get hot and is super-responsive. I bought the 128GB version so have plenty of room for all my videos and music, photographs and apps. It looks really nice (I have the white version) and feels great to use. I have not had a network problem with either WiFi or 3G whereas I would sometimes lose connectivity with my iPad 3.

Definitely a recommended upgrade.

I can't remember what I paid for it but it was affordable.

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Personal web and mail server for Raspberry Pi seeks cash

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Re: Better storage

Linux check 3.6.11+ #371 PREEMPT Thu Feb 7 16:31:35 GMT 2013 armv6l

Welcome to check Unix

Last login: Mon Nov 4 16:01:55 2013 from 192.231.21.245

nick@check ~ $ uptime

15:44:00 up 212 days, 20:58, 1 user, load average: 0.12, 0.38, 0.29

nick@check ~ $ top

top - 15:44:08 up 212 days, 20:58, 1 user, load average: 0.10, 0.37, 0.29

Tasks: 86 total, 1 running, 85 sleeping, 0 stopped, 0 zombie

%Cpu(s): 0.7 us, 1.3 sy, 0.0 ni, 98.0 id, 0.0 wa, 0.0 hi, 0.0 si, 0.0 st

KiB Mem: 481288 total, 449468 used, 31820 free, 72548 buffers

KiB Swap: 102396 total, 0 used, 102396 free, 282804 cached

PID USER PR NI VIRT RES SHR S %CPU %MEM TIME+ COMMAND

16825 nick 20 0 4664 1364 1024 R 1.0 0.3 0:00.10 top

37 root 20 0 0 0 0 S 0.3 0.0 1096:12 mmcqd/0

1 root 20 0 2140 608 516 S 0.0 0.1 10:27.76 init

2 root 20 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:06.17 kthreadd

3 root 20 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 10:07.40 ksoftirqd/0

5 root 0 -20 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 kworker/0:0H

7 root 0 -20 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 kworker/u:0H

8 root 0 -20 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.01 khelper

9 root 20 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 kdevtmpfs

10 root 0 -20 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 netns

12 root 20 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:03.48 bdi-default

13 root 0 -20 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 kblockd

14 root 20 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.22 khubd

15 root 0 -20 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 rpciod

16 root 20 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:19.07 khungtaskd

17 root 20 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:11.12 kswapd0

18 root 20 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.01 fsnotify_mark

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Like iPads? Like stuff called AIR? Here's our REVIEW ROUNDUP-squared

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Re: Quote.... It's just an iPad, FFS

There is ONLY Miele.

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Swedish teen's sex video fine slashed: Unwilling co-star girlfriend furious

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Grauniad?

"The boy then admitted to sharing the sex video during at Skaraborg District Court, where he was ordered to pay damages."

"In light of the reigning ethical and social values should serve as the starting point for the assessment of the size of of infringement damages, these circumstances should not have an insignificant impact on the appeals court's review."

"Oisín Cantwell, a columnist in the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet columnist Oisín Cantwell, accused the court of "trivializing" the girl's pain."

What about this article's readers' pain? Will no-one think of the readers?

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Billionaire vows to turn 007's Lotus Esprit into actual SUBMARINE CAR

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Re: In 5 years time ...

I believe that history and the truth shows that he invented neither. He did want us all to use DC though and murdered an elephant...

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Alarming tales: What goes on INSIDE Reg hack's hi-tech bedroom

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Re: why not try

IOS7 has a whole Do Not Disturb settings page, fairly comprehensive and quite welcome. The new alarm sounds are pretty good.

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WD unveils new MyBook line: External drives now bigger... and CHEAP

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Recipe For Disaster!

A SINGLE FOUR Terabyte disk, balanced on its end - they must be laughing all the way to, well, somewhere!

"Hello?" "Yes, what?" "Your drive fell over and now you've lost four terabytes of data? Oh dear. You did have a backup, didn't you? Oh, I see, this WAS your backup - your PC's disk died and you tried to restore and - oh dear oh dear oh dear. Never mind."

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Peak Apple: Has ANYONE at all ordered a new iPhone 5c?

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Re: I've ordered a 5C

Having had to use an Android (HTC Desire X) for a week because my iPhone was off for repairs (our baby slobbered into the charging socket and her drool is corrosive like Alien(tm) slime) I can understand these figures - it was HORRIBLE! I was SO happy to get my iPhone back.

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Canadian family gives up modern tech to live like it's 1986

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1986

In 1986 I had a Philips PSR80 mobile telephone, Philips CD player, XJ6, pocket colour TV, Apple computer, Yamaha FJ1200, programmable calculator and many other wonders. Things have gone decidedly downhill since then...

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'WTF! MORONS!' Yahoo! Groups! redesign! traumatises! users!

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Re: It's perfect

Use the latest plugin and return it to normal. http://uk.groups.yahoo.com/group/ModerationPlugin/

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Moto X teardown shows US manufacturing adds mere $4 to handset costs

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Re: Interesting

They had a huge factory in Swindon - it was used in at least one film, James Bond I think.

s'Funny, an Asian company (Honda) can make cars in Swindon and make them well and profitably, but Motorola can't make mobile telephones there any more.

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Chocolate Factory hits the Translate button on Google+

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Mi kredas ke estas utila aldono. Ĝi estas bona por paroli!

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