* Posts by Mike Flugennock

1979 posts • joined 19 Nov 2007

NO ONE is making money from YouTube, even Google – report

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Re: Kitty litter

"Am I the only person who habitually adds '-youtube' to their Google searches?"

Join the club.

Whenever I've been rummaging around Google looking for tutorials/solutions to a particular problem or issue, I always exclude YouTube as I much prefer step-by-step tutorials with proper screen shots instead of watching a screen recording of somebody else doing the procedure, which I've always found confusing.

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Re: The adverts are getting more intrusive

DownloadHelper and Wondershare Downloader are your friends.

http://www.downloadhelper.net

http://www.wondershare.com/pro/mac-free-youtube-downloader.html

http://www.wondershare.com/pro/free-youtube-downloader.html

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Spacewalking NASA 'nauts hook up power and data cables to ISS Harmony module

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Excellent astro-selfies, as usual...

...and stop me if I'm wrong, but didn't astronauts kind of start the whole "selfie" thing about fifteen years or so ago -- albeit inadvertantly -- by holding their cameras at arm's length and photographing the reflection of the Earth in their visors while on EVAs?

Of course, my all-time favorite space selfie has to be this one, taken nearly half a century ago by Jim Lovell aboard Gemini 12:

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CAR? Check. DRIVER? Nope. OK, let's go, says British govt

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Re: Would you actually, really get in one?

Not a goddamn' chance in hell, man.

What all the driverless-car fanbois and gushers seem to forget is that the driverless cars are designed and programmed by humans, f'crissake -- y'know, error-prone, fallible HUMANS.

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Re: Welcome back to el reg, Claire Perry!

"Maybe something else sucks around here...!"

--George Carlin

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"Driverless cars are the future..."?

"Transport minister Claire Perry added: 'Driverless cars are the future, [and] I want Britain to be at the forefront of this exciting new development, to embrace a technology that could transform our roads and open up a brand new route for global investment.'"

I don't know about the rest of you, but I get scared shitless when I hear some high-level government type gushing like this.

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Silent but violent: Foul Google Play flaw lets hackers emit smelly apps

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Say what you want about Apple's walled garden...

...and you'd be right -- but it's crap like this that makes me glad I own an iPhone.

I've certainly got issues with the IOS App Store, but at least I don't have to worry too much about this kind of skankiness.

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NASA: Give us JUST 0.5% of the federal budget and we'll take you to MARS and EUROPA

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'Roid snatch?

Insert joke (HERE).

Thanks, you've been wonderful. I'm here all week. Don't forget to tip your waitress. I'm outta here.

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LOOK OUT - it's a GOOBER! Google's über-Uber robo apptaxi ploy

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All together, now...

What could possibly go wrong?

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Not-spot-busting for the home: Eero thinks tiny mesh router's a winner

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Facepalm

You had me at the words "A San Francisco start-up..."

...at which point I immediately thought oh, Christ, more doucheware...

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Re: No thanks

Those Terms Of Service remind me of an old Peanuts strip in which Lucy goes around to all the other kids with some kind of document and requests that they "sign this, please, it absolves me of all blame."

Not to mention that many of the people who worked on this little stinker were also responsible for Google Nest.

Settings in the Cloud? Integrating all the Internet Of Shit devices in your house? Built by the designers of Google Nest? D'ahh, what could possibly go wrong?

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Bluetooth-enabled miracle washing orbs? Are you kidding?

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FAIL

Oh, great, more "crowdfunding" fuckery...

...for another solution in search of a problem -- kinda' like presentation software.

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Enough is ENOUGH: It's time to flush Flash back to where it came from – Hell

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"Anyone that ever worked at Adobe is unemployable"

I'm down with you in principle, but I think you're being a little bit rough.

After all, there are the people who worked on Illustrator and Photoshop, a couple of genuinely well-done and indespensible applications in my line of work -- and, btw, two of the only three (?) applications developed by Adobe in-house, not assets acquired from other companies, like InDesign (formerly PageMaker, developed by long-gone Aldus) and Flash (ex-Macromedia).

But, anybody who worked on Flash? Yeah, sure, chase 'em out of the building with tire irons and baseball bats.

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Y'know, I'd switch to HTML5, but...

...everything I've read about DRM has made me cautious and skeptical.

I have FlashBlock installed on both browsers I use -- Firefox and SeaMonkey -- with a blocklist as long as my arm, along with AdBlockPlus and NoScript.

All I really use Flash for these days is watching YouTube footage, that's pretty much it. For all other Flash content, my browsers have standing orders to "shoot on sight".

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Leave Britney ALOOONNNE!

"I don't understand what people have against flash. Sure it has a few secuity holes, but..

...Sure it used to be a resource hog, but since I got my current laptop...

...As long as you have a decent computer and security I don't see it as a problem..."

Shill much?

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The new Falcon Heavy: MOST POWERFUL ROCKET since the Apollo moonshots

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Re: Kerbal Sim

That's a knee-slapper for sure, but in many ways not too far from reality.

Here's one of Von Braun's WWII-era orbital launch vehicle concepts.. Dude was really into clustered engines...

...and, of course, the Soviets' ill-fated N1 program, where clustered engines became a clusterfuck -- and which makes one ask, "how far can you stretch a concept before it snaps?"

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Re: SPACE, THE FINAL FRONTIER...

"...Brought to you by the lowest bidding subcontractor...hmm."

D'ahh, c'mon, man. That joke's been around almost since the beginning of the Space Age.

As I recall, it comes from a comment John Glenn made in an interview in the early '60s, commenting on the early Mercury/Atlas booster test launches; during the test phase, Atlas boosters seemed to be malfunctioning and exploding during launch every other day.

See also "our rockets always blow up" in Tom Wolfe's The Right Stuff.

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Re: Saturn V balancing act

Also, as I recall, the combined contents of the tanks in a Saturn V had an explosive force equal to a small nuclear device.

Saturn V: The Don't Fuck With Me Rocket.

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A question about your units

You mention the Falcon Heavy's thrust in terms of the number of 747s.

How many Saturn V's is that?

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Re: What is it with these people

Oh, I dunno... I thought the music was damned cool.

Falcon Heavy: The Rocket That ROCKS.

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Google, Amazon 'n' pals fork out for AdBlock Plus 'unblock' – report

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Distraction, annoyance, graphics bloat: Web 3.0

"my 'favourite' is when you have sound down really low just so you can hear alerts/alarms etc., but then an advert decides you really want to hear it because it is sooo important..."

Perhaps I'm just getting old, but... back when I was first moving over from print to Web design about 20 years ago, one of the first things I learned was that auto-playing media of any kind was a big, fat no-no.

These days, Web designers just don't seem to give a rat's ass about annoying readers. If it isn't the big-ass fotos or slideshows which take up the entire top half of the scroll and add no information or value, it's the goddamn' auto-playing video.

For instance: http://www.mediumrarerestaurant.com/

Big fat full-window foto slideshows, text crawl -- there's hardly anything on this page that isn't useless and distracting. In fact, the only thing missing here is an auto-playing video.

I guess this would be "Web 3.0", then?

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Twitter ATTENTION SEEKERS can now blab to each other IN PRIVATE

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FAIL

Gonna be wearing out my "report spam" finger, I see...

Luckily, I'm using a separate Twitter cilent (TweetDeck) that lets me choose whether or not to show attached fotos or video in the tweet stream. The Twitter client on my phone is also fast and tight, with a "hide visual dross" option. "Sponsored content" is shot on sight.

Haven't used the actual Web site in ages. Went there once recently to do something, and gaaaahhhhdddd what a shit-ass mess.

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2015: The year of MAD TV science, but who can keep up?

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Re: Content content content....

You're reading my mind. Do I really need a 4k or 8k the size of Colorado to watch crap like Shark Tank and American Family?

Pig, meet lipstick.

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Free Windows 10 could mean the END for Microsoft and the PC biz

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Git along, little dogies

The exact wording the MS use for the "FREE" part is:

"A free upgrade for Windows 10 will be made available to customers running Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1, who upgrade in the first year"

"Just throw and rope and brand 'em,

Don't try to understand 'em!

Head 'em up, move 'em out,

Move 'em out, head 'em up,

Head 'em up, move 'em out,

Rawhide!"

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OTHER EARTHS may be orbiting our Sun beyond Neptune

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Alien

This is NOT good news AT ALL...

...when you consider what happened last time:

http://youtu.be/9jqq02i1i9Y?t=14m

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TECH BUBBLE? No, no way, nope, says Silicon Valley investor

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"No, no way, nope, says Silicon Valley Investor"

Woo hoo. Suh-weet. I'll go heat up the Jiffy-Pop.

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Elon Musk: Wanna see a multimillion-dollar rocket EXPLODE? WATCH THIS

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Oooohhhhhhh! Aaaahhhhhhhh!

Rapid Unscheduled Disassembly. That's friggin' classic, man.

Screw "Selma"; this is my choice for Best Picture.

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Dot-word domains 'a shakedown, designed to get money out of people'

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Re: So you're saying...

"I know, to change that perception, let's just hold our conference in that Mafia run den of vice, Las Vegas."

Y'know, these days I'm thinking that the Mafia is a paragon of honesty and virtue compared to these tech industry clowns. At least the Mafia is straight up about what they're about and what they do.

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On the upside...

...it certainly makes filtering the spam a lot easier. I already learned this when .biz and .info came out.

I've since learned that I can safely shit-can any mail coming from .click and .rocks with nothing of value lost.

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Kiss your Glass goodbye: Google mothballs techno-specs (for now)

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Re: the killer app that could've been

"You know what would've made me interested in Google Glass? A pedestrian-friendly minimap. How cool would it have been if you could give it a destination and then have arrows "projected" in front of you..."

I got yer killer app right here, man. It's called a map... on a sheet of paper. You hit Google Maps before you leave the house, print out the map, fold it up and stick it into your pocket.

(The st00pid, it buuurrrrrnnnnnsssssss.)

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Get coding or you'll bounce email from new dot-thing domains

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Re: DNS and hyphens

If I can just nitpick, here...

Are you talking about a "true" dash – that is, an "em dash", like the ones on either end of this phrase – or are you talking about a "hyphen", like this - ...like you see in typeset copy with hyphenated words, or many British surnames, such as Gervaise Brooke-Hamster? The terms aren't interchangeable, though many people do use them interchangeably.

(graphic design geek mode off.)

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"...or you'll bounce email from new GTLDs"

Granted, I'm a mere Illustrator ninja and not a network guy, but I honestly can't see any downside to this.

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Would you buy a domain from Google? Industry weighs in on web giant's move

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So, judging from the glowing comments from industry big-shots...

...this will likely turn out to be the dick move of the decade.

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AMBER alerts of snatched kids to appear on Facebook (and Bing)

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Fotos of missing children on Facebook?

Naaah, I can't see anything possibly going wrong with this.

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Google crashes supposedly secure Aviator browser

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Re: Google to the Nth Chrome = crash prone

"...Chrome is crash prone. Crashes several times per evening. Everything reset six ways from Sunday. Crash, crash, crash, crash. P.o.S. Tried Firefox, it's ugly."

I've been using SeaMonkey ever since the big Sponsored Frames In New Firefox Installs from about a year or two ago and haven't gone back. Runs really solid, and there are SeaMonkey-compatible versions of pretty much all the add-ons I use with Firefox.

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Re: All are a 'real estate grab' minefield

Actually -- in case you're not being sarcastic -- DuckDuckGo is billed as a privacy-respecting "alternative" search engine. Still, it serves sponsored links at the top of every results page, and is a throwback to the bad old days when you had to learn some kind of weird secret language in order to get more precise search results.

I'm trying to give them a fair shot by using them as my default search in SeaMonkey, but I honestly can't see why all the hardcore geeks I know are drooling over it so much.

Google may be evil for sure, but, still... exact phrase search.

That is all.

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Facebook hackers work blue on Crayola coloring page

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B'wah ha ha ha ha ha haaahhhh

Oh, man! This is the best news I've read all day! Well done!

I've never met a corporate "viral" marketing campaign sabotage action I didn't like.

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FBI boss: Sony hack was DEFINITELY North Korea, haters gonna hate

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Pardon me while I laugh until I piss myself

Obviously, this assclown hasn't heard of proxies, VPNs, or "tunnelling".

Hell, I'm not even a network tech -- just a lowly graphic designer -- and even I know about that stuff.

Dipshit.

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ISS Robonaut gets LEGLESS ... in spaaaace

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Aren't they reinventing the wheel?

Seems to me that an on-board robotic assistant for space station crews was perfected a little over 25 years ago.

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Magic streaming beans? Sure, have my cow - music biz

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Then again, I'm not your standard-issue music consumer...

My "store-bought" CD collection includes a lot of old and obscure stuff -- '50s/early '60s modern jazz, classic '60s psych, '70s Eurosynth/Krautrock, oddball prog rock, stuff like that. When I buy a new CD, the first thing I do is rip it and dump it onto the stonking big FireWire drive I have hooked up to my old G4 iBook that I have hooked into my stereo and use as my "media server".

On top of that, I have a lot of high-quality bootleg live recordings -- lots of soundboard and pre-broadcast FM mixes... I started out with Grateful Dead, but branched out into early Floyd, Stones, Who and such, along with a lot of obscure and lesser-known alt bands via sites like nyctaper.com, archive.org, and several bootleg collectors blogs, all in FLAC and high-rate mp3 formats. Then, there's the ever-growing pile of mid 60s "garage" and similar, from high-rate rips from old 45s I find posted at one of at least a dozen record collectors' blogs, all of which ends up on "CD mixtapes" that I edit myself and burn to CDs (for the car and the boombox) and export to high-rate mp3 (for iTunes, at home). All that stuff I have backed up to DVD ROMs.

All this combines to make me pretty much not the kind of listener that outfits like Spotify, etc. are aiming at. I'm old enough to remember when people bought individual songs on 45rpms, and when I started buying records seriously in high school in the early '70s, it was at the beginning of the era when you bought an entire album, not just individual songs, and many albums were designed to be played as a set piece, listened to in one sitting, the same way you'd listen to an opera or symphony -- Dark Side, Ziggy Stardust, Close To The Edge, Passion Play, Sergeant Pepper, Quadrophenia, Terrapin Station, etc.

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"...the CD just wouldn't die."

You say that like it's a bad thing.

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THREE MILLION Moonpig accounts exposed by flaw

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"Moonpig"?

P'wah ha ha ha ha haahh.

Honestly, I'd never heard of this site until I saw this article today.

"Moonpig"? Who the hell came up with that one... and where can I get a quarter OZ of what they were smoking at the time?

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GoGo in-flight WiFi creates man-in-the-middle diddle

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I'm outraged at this in principle...

...but, since wifi on planes usually sucks wind anyway, no big deal.

I usually read a book on the plane, anyway.

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The weirdly-synched life of the Google Nest household

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Re: My nest is on track to pay for itself in year 2

Shill much?

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Re: Smart Thermostats

...or, I could just hit the National Weather Service page for my city, check the forecast for the next few days, then take a few steps down the hall to the thermostat and tweak the heat up a few degrees. Done.

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FAIL

so TEN years ago...?

"This stuff is still so ten years ago, and the reason for this is because no one seems to be learning from the people that have come and gone over the last 25+ years of automation tech..."

So ten years ago? Try forty, even fifty years ago.

I can remember being a young kid in the mid/late '60s, reading in magazines about how The Home Of The Future was going to remove the drudgery of dealing with stuff like turning up/down/on/off the heating and air conditioning, turning the lights on and off, and how we were going to be able to turn on the AC or heat remotely by dialing up the furnace or air conditioner on our telephones and instructing them to switch on so the house will be all nice and cool/warm and comfy by the time we got home from work in our cars that drive themselves on the Electronic Highway Of Tomorrow.

These goddamn' Silicon Valley snots really don't get it. Give it up, you guys.

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Hilton, Marriott and co want permission to JAM guests' personal Wi-Fi

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"...give a little of your bandwidth away..."

"...Support openwireless.org and give a little of your bandwidth away, and lets march with our feet and wallets and make wi-fi ree eveywhere."

Y'mean, like, throw my house wifi wide-open to any stranger in the neighborhood?

Oh, yeah, what a glorious new day it'll be when any goddamn' rando on the street can logon to my house wifi, pwn all the computers in the house, sniff all our packets, steal our passwords and credit card numbers and just generally fuck our shit up.

Sure, that'll happen.

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If at first you don't succeed ... Fire, FIRE again: Amazon mulls smartphone sequel

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FAIL

You forgot all the other fun stuff...

...about the Fire Phone -- the user-tracking features and other smelly spy-ish features in Firefly, and how it's basically designed for shopping.

Dealing with keeping my iPhone locked down (1, count it, 1 third-party app, Twitter) is tough enough. I'll take a pass on Amazon's full-on Big Brother in my pocket.

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Feds finger Norks in Sony hack, Obama asks: HOW DO YOU SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE KOREA?

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Alert

"The FBI claims..."

The three most important words in this article.

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Google bakes W3C malware-buster into Gmail

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Re: AdBlock

Yeah, that's what I'm thinking, too. I know, I've heard all about the Gift Horse, and I know my skepticism here is entirely unfounded, but I can't help it, because IT'S GOOGLE, F'CRISSAKE.

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