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New stealthy botnet Trojan holds Facebook users hostage

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If it kept the idiots...

...off Facebook, it would be empty!

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@cornz 1

But I think PDFs can execute code (Javascript?) so it may depend on exactly what they exploit. It could potentially carry payloads for multiple readers, so obscurity is no real defence. On a Windows box one needs that AV running.

Heck, on a GNU/Linux box one should be running AV also - mostly to avoid passing infection on to the less fortunate. :-)

Heck, one should probably only use the browser from within a VM, that way any infection can be erased with a simple "Revert to previous snapshot".

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Work from home, find a new hobby, buy a fountain - UK.gov

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@AC (why is it always a coward?)

I can only go by what I am told. The allowance I do get doesn't even cover the broadband.

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@Pen-y-gors

I've already talked to my employer - they are blocked from doing anything more due to taxable benefits.

I have a very efficient mode of transport, it is half the price of public and (probably) less polluting. I never worried about jams. The monthly cost increase of the comms is about twice my monthly transport costs.

As for food, I always took a packed lunch.

I was more trying to point out that this site does not account for lots of factors and the assumption of "You're at home, you're green/saving" is facile, disingenuous and misleading at best.

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WfH

Let's see...I had to pay for high-speed broadband (and government rules limit how much I can reclaim). This is consumer grade and there's no SLA, I simply cannot afford a "proper" connection.

I have to heat the home all day (more CO2).

I have to run all the PCs at home (I cannot reclaim those costs).

I still have my motor vehicle (so that fixed cost is still there).

IMHO working from home is a net environmental and fiscal cost.

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Welcome to the latest forum features

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Sweet

testing

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Child labour, lost wages uncloaked by Apple factories audit

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It's not just Apple et al

Why do you think your trainers are so cheap? Your jeans? Your t-shirts?

In fact, ever thought about why everything you buy is so dirt-cheap and affordable?

As for Apple "truly addressing it", all the companies claim to be addressing the matter when caught and yet it continues. The simple answer is that hey all want to be seen to be doing something, but still go with the lowest bidder (who will more than likely use child labour as it is cheap).

Mr. Fry may know a great many things, but at times he has a rather insular and naive view of the world.

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MS, Intel challenged over Windows 8 tablet prices

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@alannorthhants

One would hope so, but I doubt the UK will push for any such measures seeing as how the caved into MS over the use of patent-free, open standards for government data.

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Explains the lock-in

1) MS forces OEMs to lock-down ARM mobos to Win8 only

2) MS subsidises Win8 phones/tablets (as they did xBox)

3) MS dominates a new market by leveraging monopoly in other areas

4) MS (eventually) profits, innovation and competition suffer

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Apple, Amazon and Google take lazy punters hostage

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@dogged

1. The problem is the pressure that MS could bring to bear: "Oh, Mr. Asus; I see you are selling some ARM mobos that enable custom mode, good for you. Isn't it time we re-negotiated your OEM licenses?" i.e. abuse their desktop monopoly.

It has been alleged that something similar happened to Dell when they tried to ship Ubuntu units (which is why it ended up only being available on under-powered crap, hard to find and not as a general option).

The fact remains that MS should not be allowed to dictate to OEMs that they must restrict what end-users can do with hardware they purchase. Leaving "custom mode" and option on ARM (e.g. via a physical jumper) has zero effect on Joe Punter and still leaves the door open for competition.

2. I have tried it. It is complete vomit. You think Unity/GnomeShell is bad? You ain't seen nuthin' yet!

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@Renato

"Same state of affairs on Androidland, where there's Freedom(TM) and nobody is evil."

OK, cite where Google has demanded that all bootloaders be locked. Go on. The OEMs themselves locked the bootloaders and some (e.g. HTC) are now unlocking them.

Apple is both the hardware and software vendor (unlike MS), they are not imposing their demands on OEMs. Apple are also not a monopoly (Google could possibly be considered to be one).

And no, I do not think the sun shines out of Google's arse nor do I think that much of Apple.

MS is abusing its monopoly position (again) to restrict competition (again).

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It's on-topic

...because it's a monopoly player dictating terms to OEMs to ensure vendor lock-in.

ARM may mostly be on mobile/tablets right now, but it is coming to ultrabooks and will no doubt enter the desktop again. How relaxed will you be when you can't pick up an ARM mobo that isn't locked to Windows? Or when the next version of Windows requires you to buy new hardware?

This is just another in a long list of anti-competition, anti-open, anti-freedom steps taken by MS; and you can be sure Joe Punter will give a shit when the lock-in turns around and bites them in the ass. But by then it will be too late.

And beyond Joe Punter we must consider the effect of "the cloud" and the increasing demands placed on mobile/low-power devices by enterprise/government. Any sniff of non-Apple competition would be crushed by this dicktat from MS.

Allowing custom mode has no effect on Joe Punter if they like Windows 8 (have you tried Win8? Vomit); so why demand that OEMs remove the feature?

If it passes regulatory muster, you and I may well care about OS replacement but the matter could well be moot as the option has been removed (until some bright-spark finds a way around UEFI altogether - probably spurred on by the desire to do whatever they see fit with their own hardware).

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"Go ahead and put linux on your iPad then if it's such a big deal. What? Locked? Surely not? And all those android tabs with locked bootloaders? How are they different?"

Straw man - I never said they were any different. But at least some of the Androids are being opened up, although it's on an ad-hoc basis.

"As for the UEFI thing, it's bogus click-driving and penguin-FUD. If UEFI secure boot was mandatory, there'd be no upgrade path so it won't be."

Apart from the fact it isn't. Did you bother to read the link? UEFI is mandatory for Win on ARM and that "Custom Mode" must be disabled.

UEFI in and of itself is not the issue, that's just the technology.

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The only thing...

...the government should mandate is open, royalty free, patent free standards. But they won't as the nice people who pay for the big lunches said "No"

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Not just those three...

...our friends in Redmond are keen to retain total control over you as well.

http://www.softwarefreedom.org/blog/2012/jan/12/microsoft-confirms-UEFI-fears-locks-down-ARM/

And they'll probably get away with it too.

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Microsoft sharpening axe for marketing heads - report

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Three step plan

1) Save on marketing;

2) Spend on lobbying;

3) Profit: http://www.computerweekly.com/blogs/public-sector/2012/01/microsoft-hustled-uk-retreat-o.html

"The British government withdrew its open standards policy after lobbying from Microsoft, it has been revealed in a Cabinet Office brief leaked to Computer Weekly."

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US killer spy drone controls switch to Linux

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I hope...

...they block the use of "killall"

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Apple accused of extortion by rival tablet biz

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I thought...

...the Aussies had already given Apple a boot to the conkers?
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@AC at 13:45

"Strange how he always seems to be on the side of the fence for the software patent "abuser" then isn't it." On the fence? Can you cite, please? "FM is a FUD blogger - how much exactly and all the parties is not known, only some of them are. " Well, can you please cite what is known? I've barely heard of the guy, checking Wikipedia shouws he admitted to an MS study in Oct 2011, that's it. And thanks (whomever) for the downvote it was a genuine question.
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A shill....

...for whom? He's anti-software patents it seems, so he can't be a shill for MS or Apple. Can you cite a source, please.?
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Kids should be making software, not just using it - Gove

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Sounds good

And with the Raspberry Pi (amongst other) coming along, it could be just the ticket. I hope MS allow it to happen.
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Suicidal Foxconn workers talked down from factory roof

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In the UK...

...the tax on importing the components makes manufacture impractical. It's cheaper to import the assembled box. Ask the Raspberry Pi people.
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Doomsday Clock ticks one minute closer to annihilation

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It's happening...

...in the first-world. The answer is education, i.e. get the kids in the third world into school. After a generation or so, things will sort themselves out.

However with the kids in school, there will be no one in the factories making your T-shirts for £5 or new training shoes (which you *will* moan about), no money coming into child's household (because the child is not working) and the situation will worsen.

The answer to that is to pair a fair price and fine the hell out of companies using child labour and jail the execs who have worker's activists executed (we all know which companies these are).

All that hits the bottom line and share prices, can't have that! So it's much easier for us to profit from selling arms to dictators, having wars, securing oil and ensuring the status quo.

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Kinect plus tablet control insane skateboard

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Is it just me...

...or do the embedded Vimeo videos not work on El Reg?

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Google merging more personal data into search results

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Sounds like...

...the bubble just became a cage and the tracking a leash, which is why I rarely search with Google any more. Other engines (such as DuckDuckGo) are improving rapidly and give me good results.

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Smart meter SSL screw-up exposes punters' TV habits

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@Field Marshal Von Krakenfart

Very hard to prove a negative, no evidence of risk is as close as one will ever get.

All this talk of "electrosensitivity" is utter bollocks. There has simply been no evidence of it and what tests have been done (putting an "electrosensitive" in room where wiring was switched on/off) simply showed they had no sensitivity.

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@Allan George Dyer

I asked that too - the meters apparently use non-standard connectors and as one doesn't really want to pass the regulator (mains pressure in domestic pipes? Yikes!) it is actually easier/safer to steal the meter.

There's a rash of thefts around this way at the moment.

@Davidoff

Yes a basement would be nice, but they will break-in to steal the meter.

And one cannot secure the meter for obvious reasons (access may be required in an emergency). Although I did consider fitting a light-sensitive diode inside the cabinet connected to an alarm inside the house.

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@sabba

Simple. They swap it for their meter, use power/gas for a while, then swap it back before the meter reader comes; makes them look like they've used less power/gas. Scrap has nothing to do with it.

Trust me, I was as shocked/puzzled as you were. TransCo told me it was pretty common. The scum will even break-in to get the meter!

However, rather than bare my private to a utility company I installed a decent security light.

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If it makes...

...readers harder to steal, that's a good thing (I have been the victim of meter theft, the police don't regard it as a priority and the utility companies won't lift a figure without a police response; if it happens to you, you are in for at least a week without power/gas).

Umm...I think that's about the only benefit I can see with the things.

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Security is fine

The customer's details and systems are 100% protected 100% of the time.

"Customer" in this case being the utility company who owns the meter.

The consumers security is of no corporate or regulatory concern. :-(

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Ubuntu Linux shop reveals 'TV for human beings'

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Err...

You'll find a newer guide here: http://wiki.xbmc.org/index.php?title=Installing_XBMC_for_Linux#Ubuntu

You'll notice it's even shorter than the Windows one. :)

Quite why there are two versions of the same guide is a good question, but that is not the fault of GNU/Linux; poor documentation is a general problem with all software products. Did you offer to update the section of the guide that caused you problems (assuming you solved them) to give back to the community and help others? Or at least point out where you came unstuck so that someone else could?

Personally I prefer the extra step of adding a PPA/repo before install. The security (and that'll be cryptographic signing) that is offered educes the chances of getting pwned. Tell me, do you check the md5hashes after doing a download, to make sure you've got a legit file?

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@AC at 06:50

Ha, ha, ha! That's a good one!

You are a cad and a rascal, sir. Keep up the good work.

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Cupertino lawyers mull 'driPhone' name ban

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Apple are such an...

...icon.

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Lenovo outs Ice Cream Sarnie telly

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Heh

I was thinking "How long before that gets hacked?"

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'Mainstream media' mute in SOPA piracy debate

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@Charles 9

It is worrying, no doubt about that. In many countries encryption is already heavily curtailed and there is the presumption of guilt (e.g. UK, keys *must* be handed over on demand).

If SOPA does get passed with those draconian measures, it will just be the USA passing draconian and totalitarian laws.

Again.

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@AC at 09:37

"Thieving is wrong"

Cool, we can agree 100% on that. Shame theft has nothing to do with the story.

Would you perhaps care to discuss copyright infringement instead? The curtailing of fair use, parody, remix and the diminishing of our future culture?

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@LarsG

"How will they stop a legit EU site hosting something like PB in Germany? They declare the host undesirable, block it along with all the legitimate business that uses the host."

You are quite correct and that is, pretty much, "The Plan". Only one problem. This is Internet, progeny of Arpanet, survivor of nuclear attacks. SOPA is just another blockage, it will be identified and by-passed.

Maybe not legally by-passed, but technically and almost certainly morally.

If the companies started playing with their customers rather than booting them in the balls constantly, they may get more support (case in point, the absolute bollocking those illicitly torrenting the "Humble Indie Bundle" got from the community). If they also stopped manufacturing total dross (there's a reason the top 5 films on Netflix are non-USA and that big-media cinema numbers are falling). If they further stopped lying and committing near-frauds (e.g. "Harry Potter" was a loss-maker? Really?) And, finally, if they made sure some cash actually went to the creatives and not up the noses of the execs and the handful of mega-stars.

Big Media made this problem for itself, but rather than change their practices they have gone running to the legislature with stuffed brown-envelopes. Every time in history that money has made law and ignored the people there has been revolt and revolution. We already have the rise of various "Pirate Parties" who seek to protect our culture from these land-grabs. What will be next?

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@BigYin - Typa

'How about the concept of "fair use" and where agreements over that can occur?'

Should, of course, read:

'How about the concept of "fair use" and where DISagreements over that can occur?'

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@AC at 18:18

I agree. Pirates are scum and should be dealt with severely.

But tell me, what about people who breach copyright license? Which is (or was) a civil offence? How about the concept of "fair use" and where agreements over that can occur? What about the right to use a meme that passes into popular culture? To remix a work? To pass a copy of work on? Doctrine of first sale? etc.

This is an attempt at a land-grab of epic proportions to privatise our culture. It must not be permitted. Can you imagine a world where Mozart, Monet, Shakespeare, Confucius or any number of other creator's/thinker's works were still privately held? How weak, grey, dull and expensive would we be then?

This is the future people such as yourself wish to create.

You have not thought things through.

You are in error.

You must be opposed with all vigour.

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New AOL IM considered harmful by privacy warriors

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Does Skype do that?

Can you cite a reliable source, please?

I thought it did some client-client sync thing, but that was all.

Must say, all this makes me want to use Jitsi.

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Pre-fetch URLs?

How long before some dodgy html/jpegs get used to pwn the new AOL IM then?

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Official: File-sharing is a religion... in Sweden

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@Jake

"With digital stuff, the reality changes. The cost of "publication"(sharing) is trivial. It can happen, it will happen, it does happen, it will continue to happen, and it can't be stopped.

The laws need to change to reflect this new, modern reality. The cats can't be swept back into the worm can behind the open stable door."

To a very large extent I agree with you. The majors (be they print, film, whatever) have made it their business to exploit just how hard it was to make and distribute stuff, charging a huge premium for their service. As you rightly say, a lot of the old problem no longer exist (although there are some new ones).

And this is why we have the RIAA, MPAA et al trying to push through the likes of SOPA. Their business is against the wall, the firing squad is ready and they are trying to argue that bullets should be illegal rather than move with the times.

So, yes, copyright etc should change but it won't change in the way it should. It will just become more and more entrenched to enforce the status quo (e.g. now lasting 50+ years), create artificial barrier to trade (DRM, region codes) and maintain this years bottom-line (meanwhile the actual content creators will get screwed over and films like "Harry Potter" will be declared loss-making on paper).

There will always be a place for Random House, MGM etc. It will just be different and they are afraid of change.

And this is before we even consider the total dog's-dinner that is the patent system.

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Ad slingers - obeying EU snoop code is NOT GOOD ENOUGH

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Better yet...

...intall NoScript, AdBlock Plus, CookieCuller, Ghostery, TrackMeNot and BetterPrivacy; then tell the lot of them to piss off.

(Also, update hosts files etc)

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Wrong way round

This mean I have to store a cookie that says "Do not track" and this is clearly wrong.

What each ad network should be required to do is get explicit consent to store a "Please track" cookie. No cookie, no track.

Although I realise there are other methods to rack people that do no need cookies (browser, font, OS and plugin combinations are fairly unique).

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Fast food firm fields Sith sandwich

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Strong with fat is this one

Much cholesterol in their blood is there

Not long for this world will they be

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Virtual sanity: How to get a grip on your home PCs

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Oh...

...if only there was some way to run an application on a server and have the client appear elsewhere. If only such a thing existed. And I don't mean a website, that's far too limited constrained to the limitations of the browser/HTML.

What's needed some kind of crazy mechanism for the server to "run" the application but have it display somewhere else. Not Terminal Services of Citrix, much lower level than that.

I can't believe that after all these years no one has created and tried to push - it would be the perfect solution. Some apps run on the server, some on the client. Where depends on the use-case/hardware needs.

Such a thing would be a paradigm shift in computing to rival "the cloud" and an X-cellent idea.

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Good

I'm glad it wasn't just me then. I thought this was going to be some clever way of reversing a virtual image out on to physical hardware or something else.

Instead it's just bizarre-o and IMHO wasteful. Games inside virtual machines? Over RDP? Yuck.

Full consumer PCs to simply remote into an XP image? Huh?

Maybe I too a missing something, but it strikes me that most of the issues could be resolved with a lot less complexity.

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Ubuntu hoists skirt, flashes 'concept' gadget at CES

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Whilst I want this to succeed...

...because I want to see some actual competition and innovation, I have my doubts. I have seen stories about GNU/Linux getting on to consumer devices one too many times. Whilst it is there (routers, set-top boxes) it's always behind the scenes and unnoticed by the masses who drool over iOS.

It would be good to get some more open hardware in the TV market. Most decent TVs today are small computers (probably running some Linux flavour, natch) but they are all so crippled and locked into walled-gardens. What I want from a TV is a monitor. Err, that's it.

To that I will attach a device (say a RaspberryPi or something) and have that broker all the media requests. The TV is not the hub, it's just the display.

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Microsoft celebrates the death of IE6

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@Ru

Also, click on the "A" once it's done, you'll get a mini-report on other tests that failed.

ACID3 - 100/100 is ***NOT*** a pass, people!

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@stim

Try understanding what 100/100 means on the Acid3 test first and what it takes to actually pass the test.

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