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Tim Cook on pale, male Apple: 'As CEO, I'm NOT satisfied'

Midnight

Over the last few days the bidding on this card has gone up from $80,200 to $1,309.

It seems that Mr. Sung was unable to confirm that many of the higher bids were serious so he cancelled them.

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Stanford boffin is first woman to bag 'math Nobel Prize'

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Re: I'm wondering ....

There is such a branch, but the last few groups to study it each hit links to tvtropes.com and haven't been seen since.

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Anonymous threatens to name cop who shot dead unarmed Michael Brown

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Re: "they would release the name of the daughter of St Louis County’s police chief"

They're not threatening to say "We know the name of the police chief's name and it's Suzy Derkins!"

They're threatening to say "We know the name of the police officer who shot an unarmed man six times in the back and it's Suzy Derkins!"

It's the kind of stunt that anyone with half a brain could see through, but the audience is already an angry mob which is sadly lacking in a competent research assistant.

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Ex-Apple man Sam Sung - for it is he - sticks namebadge on eBay

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Re: Charity?

Sam Sung lives in Vancouver, British Columbia and is donating the proceeds of this auction to the BC and Yukon branch of "The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada". The Tampa Bay Times did some digging into the financial records of "Children's Wish Foundation International", which is based in the USA and has a similar sounding name but no other connection with TCWFoC.

http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1184275/statement-by-the-children-s-wish-foundation-of-canada-regarding-recent-cnn-tampa-bay-times-investigation

I don't know for sure that Sam Sung isn't donating $80,000 to an organization made up of lizard aliens who want to steal all of our planet's water, but it doesn't look like he's sending to to Florida so that's okay.

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Hey guys. We've got 1.2 BILLION stolen accounts here. Send us your passwords, 'cos safety

Midnight

Wait, I think I saw this web page before...

"To find out if your account has been compromised, just enter your login and password below."

This sounds perfectly legit. I don't see any reason why not to do that...

*click click click* *submit*

"It has been now. Thank you and have a nice day."

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African samba queen: Don't cut off pirates' net connections – cut off their FINGERS

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Re: Painful music

"Perhaps cutting their ears off would be a more appropriate punishment."

Wrong. Their ears they keep and I'll tell you why. So that every shriek of every child at seeing their hideousness will be theirs to cherish. Every babe that weeps at their approach, every woman who cries out, "Dear God! What is that thing," will echo in their perfect ears. That is what to the pain means. It means leaving them in anguish, wallowing in freakish misery forever.

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NORKS hacker corps reaches 5,900 sworn cyber soldiers - report

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Re: Out of curiosity ...

"3. Because they are constantly threatening war - they've declared war on the US twice this year. One day they might actually follow through, and then we all get an entertaining show."

We already have an entertaining show about that, with Peter Sellers and a pre-Dr. Who William Hartnell. Perhaps it should be come with a disclaimer about being for entertainment purposes only.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053084/

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Physicist proposes 1,000-foot state-sized walls to stop tornadoes

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Re: Wall O Trash

...And if it does get hit by 100 km/h winds and scatters "building material" all over four states, that's all somebody else's problem.

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Drone's drug airdrop mission ends in failure for Irish prisoners

Midnight

It's like a bicycle with hand warmers.

Wouldn't it have been much easier, cheaper and safer to have simply used a catapult?

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Passwords in plaintext? NOT OK, Cupid

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Re: Ha, ha.

Cupid Media does run a lot of dating web sites, but OK Cupid isn't one of them.

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Greenpeace rejoices after getting huge renewable powerplant CANCELLED

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Re: And who will not be happy

"until we're all living in caves, killing our own sausages."

Once, herds of wild sausages a hundred thousand strong thundered across the prairies, shaking the earth and crushing whatever lay in their path.

The majestic sausage played a significant part in the early history and culture of Europe. Otto von Bismarck attributed his keen understanding of politics to having spent his youth watching wild sausages during mating season.

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Snowden's Big Brother isn't as Orwellian as you'd think

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ElReg 12.6.14 miniplenty misquoted date rectify

"It appeared that there had even been demonstrations to thank The Register for raising the number of years since 1984 to forty. And only yesterday, he reflected, it had been announced that 1984 was thirty years ago. Was it possible that they could swallow that, after only twenty-four hours? Yes, they swallowed it."

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Valve says no Steam Machines until 2015, fingers crossed

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Re: That isn't a Steam issue.

That's not the point. I can play Mario Kart on my Wii, then take out the disk and put Zelda in. There's nothing stopping me from putting it into a Wii U and continuing to play Mario Kart there without having to shut down Zelda first.

(s/Wii/X-Box/, s/Mario Kart/Halo/, s/Zelda/BattleGearDutyCreed/ as required).

If I have two consoles running Steam, each logged in with their own account (call them "his" and "hers", just because), he can use Family Sharing to play Civilization on his Steam box from her Steam library, but will have to quit the game if she tries to play her own copy of Skyrim on hers. That's the problem.

She bought two games, and wants to play one of them on one computer and one on the other. I can't see anything even remotely approaching piracy there.

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Police at the door? Hit the PANIC button to erase your RAM

Midnight

The only problem with this is that you may be arrested by someone who has heard of TrueCrypt already, and as a result believes that you may have created a second partition and therefore should know the key to unlock it.

Thanks to that you can be locked up under section 49 even if you have already coughed up the password. Didn't create a second partition? That's your problem.

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Tech that we want (but they never seem to give us)

Midnight

Re: We Were Promised Jetpacks

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/IWantMyJetPack

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Welcome to Heathrow Terminal, er, Samsung Galaxy S5

Midnight

Nice idea, one little problem.

Now, if somebody accidentally breaks the glass in one of Terminal 5's windows, they have to replace the entire building.

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Did Google order staff to 'steal' web ad cash from publishers? THE TRUTH

Midnight

Re: What a coincidence...

Analysis of Google Adsense bans show that roughly one in ten of them happened in the last three days before payout. Coincidence? I think not.

It's almost as suspicious as the way that Google employees take 40% of their so-called sick days on either a Monday or a Friday.

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Spy back doors? That would be suicide, says Huawei

Midnight

Re: No security issues?

That's not a security issue, it's a matter of customer convenience.

I trust Huawei more than ever knowing that they have made sure I can never be locked out of my secured network again.

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Most Americans doubt Big Bang, not too sure about evolution, climate change – survey

Midnight

I could comment about how surveys are conducted, but Sir Humphrey has beaten me to it.

http://users.aims.ac.za/~mackay/probability/survey.html

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Money? What money? Lawyer for accused Silk Road boss claims you can't launder Bitcoin

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Re: What's the point?

"No, no, no. "A transaction was made by anonymous party X to anonymous party Y" is not traceability."

Right. That's only metadata, and of no value whatsoever.

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Original iPhone dev team was 'shockingly small' - Apple engineer

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Re: Dead right...

"If you were crossing a large desert, which would you want - a horse or a camel?"

An airplane.

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They ACCUSED him of inventing Bitcoin. Now, Nakamoto hires lawyer to CLEAR his name

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Re: Get real

"If he's really invented Bitcoin he'd be rich enough to buy a new identity, a private island, a Learjet [...]"

And to hire an out-of-work 64 year old man to move into his old house and answer to the name of Satoshi Nakamoto if any reporters come by.

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Google slams Play Store password window shut after sueball hits

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Re: Reminds me of....

It's not? Then I'm going to have to sue the Internet!

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Women! You too can be 'cool' and 'fun' if you work in tech!

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Re: Wow this new monitor is the coolest

She's trying to impress Moss and Roy by looking busy, but doesn't know that they just came into the office to plug in her computer.

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Delhi police forget passwords to corruption portal, ignore 600 crimes

Midnight

Re: I wonder...

'the corporate slogan plastered on their cars; "with you, for you, always".'

Now do they mean that as a promise, as a threat or just as a warning?

Yes, they do.

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Dell charges £16 TO INSTALL FIREFOX on PCs – Mozilla is miffed

Midnight

Re: Sounds about right

You're supposed to use the "mindless fanboi" icon when posting that. Unless you were being sarcastic - there's an icon for that, too.

If the goal is to deter people from asking you for help with Windows, then it's the perfect answer.

"Well, yes I am a doctor but my specialty is in removing organs for transplants. I can tell you why you have that pain in your abdomen, but I would have to take out your liver and both kidneys to do it. Is that okay with you?"

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Fukushima radioactivity a complete non-issue on West Coast: Also for Fukushima locals, in fact

Midnight

Re: Bah!

"Does no-one at this benighted excuse for a digital newspaper understand the first thing about homeopathy and the Laws of Dilution?"

As I understand the process of dynamisation, all it would take is a little bit of shaking and the entire Pacific ocean would become a homeopathic nuclear reactor with a mass of 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 times that of the original Daiichi NPP and, as such, capable of producing about 29 billion times more power than we receive from the Sun.

I don't see a problem with that.

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Mathematicians spark debate with 13 GB proof for Erdős problem

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Re: Test? No problem

Yes, but how many of those atoms could dance on the head of that pin?

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Credit card of PayPal PRESIDENT cloned by UK crooks

Midnight

He's right about that.

"My card (with EMV chip) got skimmed while in the UK. Ton of fraudulent txns. Wouldn't have happened if merchant accepted PayPal"

Indeed. PayPal would have pocketed the money long before any lesser thieves could have gotten to it.

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Apple's Hacker Princess dumps fruity firm for Elon Musk's Tesla

Midnight

Re: "fruity firm"

That exclamation point is only tilted by eight degrees. You need to tilt it exactly nine degrees to add the correct bit of whimsy.

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Haribo gummy bears implicated in 'gastric exorcism'

Midnight

In other news

The song "Hot Shot City" is particularly good.

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Google grabs slice of interwebs for EVERYONE (who speaks Japanese)

Midnight

[...] the word literally means “everyone” in Japanese, and “suggests multiple people doing things together”.

Why does everything on the Internet have to be about porn?

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Cicada 3301: The web's toughest and most creepy crypto-puzzle is BACK

Midnight

Re: Desmond Bagley "Running Blind"

That reminds me of a story involving time travel. The Clever Scientist figures out that as soon as time travel was invented, someone was bound to travel back in time to kill Hitler (Or some other Interesting Historical Figure). Once that happened someone else was guaranteed to travel back to stop him from doing that, and so on and so on. The only change to history which could not possibly be undone by another time traveller was to prevent time travel from being invented in the first place.

This explained precisely why his last two attempts to build a time machine had each met with mysterious setbacks and disasters, but it also provided a guaranteed technique for using time travel to win The War: Just allow The Enemy to steal all of your research, knowing that they will throw everything they had into trying to beat you in the "Time Machine Race" which they can't possibly finish, let alone win.

There was either a short story with that as the plot, or a future version of me travelled to the past and told it to me many years ago. I have never been able to figure out just which explanation of that story is true.

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Scientists discover supervolcano trigger that could herald humanity's doom

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Re: Probability and Mathematics

Doctor, you mentioned the ratio of ten women to each man. Now, wouldn't that necessitate the abandonment of the so-called monogamous sexual relationship, I mean, as far as men were concerned?

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Intel bungs PC on an SD: Tiny computer for Internet of Things and wearables

Midnight

Re: Volume

> > if it was a smartphone it would be considered a failure.

> Mainly because it doesn't have the hardware required to make calls.

You can also use a smartphone to make phone calls? That must be some hidden feature that nobody ever talks about.

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Calling all Spare Rib veterans: Sisters, don't lose your rights!

Midnight

Re: Well Done El Reg

" ...You hadn't exactly gone out of your way to call attention to them had you? I mean like actually telling anyone or anything."

"But the plans were on display..."

"On display? I eventually had to go down to the cellar to find them."

"That's the display department."

"With a torch."

"Ah, well the lights had probably gone."

"So had the stairs."

"But look you found the notice didn't you?"

"Yes," said Arthur, "yes I did. It was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying 'Beware of The Leopard'."

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Enraged by lengthy Sky broadband outage? Blame BT Openreach cable thieves

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NEED MUCH More Severe Penalties!!!

Go home, Boris. You're drunk again.

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Malware+pr0n surge follows police op to kill illicit streaming sites

Midnight

That was appropriate

Curiously enough, this article was accompanied by a banner ad informing me that asian women want to meet me.

Have the City of London Police been in touch with El Reg recently?

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BOFH: Is WHAT 'running slow'!? GOD

Midnight

Perhaps you needed to give the guitarist a "Soar" knob.

http://www.mixerman.net/diaries5.php

http://i.imgur.com/HpbVL.jpg

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Ohh! The PRECIOUS! Give it to uss. We WANTS it: Shiny iThings coming in 2014

Midnight

Re: @Ascylto

I wouldn't know what the inside looked like. I can't open the fridge without a pentagram-shaped screwdriver, six plastic wedges of different designs, two litres of solvent and a hair dryer.

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HTC phone STOPS BULLET, saves Florida gas station clerk's life

Midnight

Better than the iPhone 5.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/09/26/gold-iphone-5s-cant-withstand-being-shot-with-a-sniper-rifle-but-it-still-looks-good-trying/

Okay, it was a _slightly_ higher power weapon, but the results are more dramatic that way.

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Want to keep the users happy? Don't call them users for a start

Midnight

One more thing

Don't set them on fire either. That rarely helps as much as you think it would.

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Anonymous and pals gather in support of girl at centre of rape case

Midnight

"People called Romanes, they go, the house?"

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City of Munich throws Ubuntu lifeline to Windows XP holdouts

Midnight

Re: How does this help?

While I appreciate the complexity of that answer, it does not answer the question of how to change the screen resolution.

That procedure changes the resolution of the frame buffer used during startup, which is something which the average user has no use for. Once the system has booted and started up the graphical logon and desktop there is a slightly different process to be followed:

1) Open the system menu, then select "Preferences" and "Monitors". The exact location and appearance of this may vary depending on exactly what distribution, version and desktop you are running but for me that menu option has the helpful subheading "Change resolution and position of monitors" directly below the title.

2) Click on the "Resolution" pulldown and select one of the supported resolutions available.

3) Click on the "Apply" button. The resolution will change and a window will pop up asking if everything looks okay.

It really is that easy. If looking at the wrong answer can "frighten the shit out of Joe User", then how did they ever survive using Windows when confronted with directions like this for changing network settings?

(From http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929852, and yes this is the answer to the wrong question just like editing the grub configuration to change the frame-buffer settings is the wrong way to change screen resolution.)

Click Start, type regedit in the Start Search box, and then click regedit.exe in the Programs list.

In the User Account Control dialog box, click Continue.

In Registry Editor, locate and then click the following registry subkey:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip6\Parameters\

Double-click DisabledComponents to change the DisabledComponents entry.

Note If the DisabledComponents entry is unavailable, you must create it. To do this, follow these steps:

In the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Type DisabledComponents, and then press ENTER.

Double-click DisabledComponents.

Type any one of the following values in the Value data field to configure the IPv6 protocol to the desired state, and then click OK:

Type 0 to enable all IPv6 components. (Windows default setting)

Type 0xffffffff to disable all IPv6 components except the IPv6 loopback interface. This value also configures Windows to prefer using IPv4 over IPv6 by changing entries in the prefix policy table. For more information, see Source and Destination Address Selection.

Type 0x20 to prefer IPv4 over IPv6 by changing entries in the prefix policy table.

Type 0x10 to disable IPv6 on all nontunnel interfaces (both LAN and Point-to-Point Protocol [PPP] interfaces).

Type 0x01 to disable IPv6 on all tunnel interfaces. These include Intra-Site Automatic Tunnel Addressing Protocol (ISATAP), 6to4, and Teredo.

Type 0x11 to disable all IPv6 interfaces except for the IPv6 loopback interface.

To use the DisabledComponents registry value to check whether IPv6 was disabled, run the following command at a Windows command prompt:

reg query HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip6\Parameters /v DisabledComponents

You may receive the following error message:

ERROR: The system was unable to find the specified registry key or value.

If you receive this error message, the DisabledComponents registry value is not set. If the DisabledComponents value is set, it overrides the settings in the connection properties.

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iPhone 5S: Apple, you're BORING us to DEATH (And you too, Samsung)

Midnight

Re: premium priced phones.

https://play.google.com/store/devices/details/Nexus_4_8_GB?id=nexus_4_8gb

"We are out of inventory. Please check back soon."

Clearing out last year's inventory at fire-sale prices is nothing new either.

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Penguins, prepare to get SPACED OUT: Ubuntu 13.10's Mir has docked

Midnight

"I was thinking instead of having a actual docking station all you need is a wifi enabled monitor and keyboard"

And for that you would have to wait for 802.11ad to be available, as even a single-link DVI connector has three times the bandwidth of 802.11ac, the fastest wifi standard in use today.

You could try compressing the video stream before transmitting it, which is what Apple did with their ill-fated Lightning to HDMI adapter ( http://arstechnica.com/apple/2013/03/apples-lightning-to-hdmi-cant-actually-output-at-1080p/ ), but you might not be pleased by the picture quality and anyone trying to use the same wifi network for anything else, such as connecting to their own monitor and keyboard, may want to throw things at you.

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Canadian comet impact fingered for triggering prehistoric climate shift

Midnight

On behalf of Canadians everywhere

We're very sorry about that.

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Billionaire Google founder splits with wife, allegedly beds Google Glass minx

Midnight

I've seen this story before

Isn't this how Microsoft Bob got started?

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MYSTERY of Guardian mobos and graphics cards which 'held Snowden files'

Midnight

Re: Huge flaw in article

"So, it seems that the Guardian has copies of some classified files. What's the required response from our department?"

(pulling a binder off a a shelf, blowing dust off of it) "Hmm... According to the regulations we need to ensure that the documents are destroyed along with any mimeographed copies of them, and at least two officers need to oversee the operation."

"Mimeo-what? How old is that book you're reading?"

"I can't make out the date but there's a reference to King Edward in the preamble. Anyway, rules are rules and if we don't march down there and start burning mimeographs it'll be our heads."

*sigh* "If you say so. Shall I head down to the stables and have them ready your coach?"

"If that's what the regulations say we have to do, then you'd damn well better."

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A short, sharp tool kit to get you to the top in financial IT

Midnight

But on the third, gripping, hand it could just be poor punctuation combined with a need to overly explain a reference which might be unfamiliar to at least 5% of the intended audience.

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