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Apple to build WORLD'S BIGGEST iStore in Dubai

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>>but they still happen anyway

Yeeeessss, but...

It's all fun and games until it isn't, and it can turn in a heartbeat. http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-surrey-21783589 for instance. Imagine your wife's just died on honeymoon and the police arrest you for having been drinking when you show up to report it. Ex pat residents can get a legal permit to drink, but it can take years. Visitors cannot. If you delve into the notoriously poorly documented statute of the country, those hotel bars are serving illegally of they don't check your drinking licence. Of course they don't - powerful families own the hotels and the place is powered by hypocrisy, but the police like to show their power now and again.

Prostitution is rife in a country which is 75% male, but as much as it is blatant in places, the results can be quite severe without the big hotel owners to back people up behind the scenes.

Drugs, you'd be a first class fucking idiot to go near them, but I know they are available. A German air hostess went to the police to complain that she had been 'spiked' with a hashish sweet, was given a blood test, and spent 4 months in prison awaiting trial - for being the victim.

Yes, shit goes on and yes most people get away with it most of the time, but don't for a second let your guard down, you'll find how quickly that liberty was mere tolerance of your decadent western ways and money and catch the rough edge of the place. Dubai hasn't got oil worth speaking of (Abu Dhabi has it all, pretty much), it depends on tourism, it depends in this image, but hypocrisy is absolutely running through the creek.

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Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE

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>>Actually, Kate should record all her own concerts and sell CDs / DVDs / memory sticks / download codes of the concert to the audience as they exit.<<

Probably does already. Doesn't change a thing from the screen staring 'fans'.

Fwiw, those downloads/mp3 players/etc - to be worth having you have to have a second mix of it, you can't use the FoH mix as it's totally different. If you've ever heard your favourite artist recorded directly from the FoH desk, it sounds dreadful as it's mixed for the PA in the venue, and had no audience reaction/crowd noise. To do it properly you need to do an entirely separate mix, and have the infrastructure to burn discs/USB sticks/etc in the time it takes for the gig to end and punters to leave (to catch the impulse buy). Or at least the bit before the encore, with the encore available as a later download.

Video/DVD of the show - same, only with extra angles needed beyond the IMAG mix (wides, reaction shots etc) plus the audio mix plus the extra data sizes making it near impossible at the moment.

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@Dan

Yeah, the artist is getting paid, but also they are getting paid to give the audience the best show they can, and they can't do that with an audience that doesn't engage. I completely agree that it is shit for the fans, but it's shit twice over with the white rectangles and less engaged performance.

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Good idea - does it work? Aren't there IR filters on the lenses? Either way it won't stop the idiots though. People are so used to being removed from the experience and seeing it through a 4" screen that they stand at the front and ruin the original experience for everyone else. It's a real real problem for artists.

Crappy shaky mobile footage is horrible to watch and sounds dreadful, but worse than that, it beaks the artists connection with the audience. They need that connection in order to give you a good show and put their best out.

Irony is many concerts or tours are filmed for TV/DVD and the quality difference from having a professionally filmed 20 camera, brilliant angles, brilliant audio production vs mobile phone is complete. Yet those mobiles detract from the proper production with the horrid wall of white rectangles (some even in portrait ffs).

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Cops baffled by riddle of CHICKEN who crossed ROAD

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Re: umm..

Well damn! I'm 42 and had never got it either. Thank you Stuart, have a +1. I'd give you +2 if I could. Makes a heap more sense than an anti pattern.

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Ad regulator pulls down Branson-backed magic undies

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Re: Scary invisible rays

Or Christchurch of course. With its famously precisely 4' behind clock (none of this London time nonsense with all these new-fangled trains), bowler-hatred porters, and other anachronistic anachronisms.

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Re: I wore a pair

You use a Dictaphone? I use my finger.

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Re: ASA still useless

>>Why the fuck is "unlimited*" allowed in any advert for broadband etc, when the small print says otherwise.<<

So sue the company who caught you out with the bait and switch, get a court to decide. And complain to the ASA more. Actual complaints will focus their mind, they have in the past.

The ad industry is terrified of being state regulated, so set up the ASA to try to self-regulate and so want to be seen as fair and credible. You're right that they have no real power, but the alternative is state regulation which I'm not convinced is really a better answer as it'll be slower and more bound up in statue and cost the taxpayer money for a similar or worse (by and large) job.

But there's nothing to prevent you from challenging 'unlimited' in court if you feel (and arguably rightly) that the term is being abused and you bought a contact after being misled.

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Re: ASA still useless

The ASA don't give a monkeys about public health, they only care if an advert misrepresents and is complained about. The clue's in the name.

Pro-biotic? Heard that term recently? No? Because it is no longer allowed for just this reason.

And just for measure, before anyone whines about 'our taxes', it's entirely paid for by the ad industry. It costs you nothing.

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Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy

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Just wants to be loved

And is punishing mummy and daddy because he wasn't. He needs help, not a platform!

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Drunkards warned: If you can't walk in a straight line, don't shop online, you fool!

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Press release by a sponsoring commercial entity

I'm sure that was a rigorous test and analysis.

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Who needs hackers? 'Password1' opens a third of all biz doors

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Re: Password fields need to be bigger.

The other problem is the word 'password' - if we IT savvy people start using the word 'passphrase' consistently instead, more people would understand that punctuation and spaces are allowed, and even welcomed, than trying to fit numbers, characters into a 'word' and still remember it.

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Five Totally Believable Things Car Makers Must Do To Thwart Hackers

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Re: Attack Vectors != vulnerabilities

One group of people can't break something therefore no groups of people can break it. We've seen just how true that's been over generations of software and operating systems.

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Uber and Lyft sitting in a tree, 'c-a-n-c-e-l-l-i-n-g each other's rides'

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Re: Uber, Lyft, stop being such dumbasses.

London black cabs have Hailo - the ride only costs the meter fare, billed direct to your card, email receipt etc. Personally I prefer a cabbie who doesn't ask 'what street is that on?' when I ask him to go to Paddington (yes, that has happened).

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Online tat bazaar eBay coughs to YET ANOTHER outage

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512k routes?

Tsohost said their outage today was down to the number of ip4 routings going over 512k, which was a hard limit of some routers. Same thing possibly, or bollocks?

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Chinese Bitcoin farms: From scuzzy to sci-fi

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Re: I've often wondered

And cheap power from cheap coal from cheap labour. That's what those lovely shiny bitcoins actually cost - people mining dirty fossil fuels burnt without environmental regard. I suppose they're reusable until they get lost or fashions change and people realise they're just long numbers, but preachy people take note

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Microsoft fixes all those shaky GoPro vids nobody wants to watch

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Re: nice results

As an ex-M'oftie I saw some of the stuff their research people were doing, damn it's good. This is the cutting edge research we won't even realise we're all using in a few years, I love it.

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OK Google: Gobble chat app Emu. OK Google, now shut down Emu

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There's somebody at the door!

That's all.

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Android banking apps vulnerable to cash theft by CAS hole hackers

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Re: Is there a list?

To be on the safe side, uninstall all your apps.

Then turn off your phone.

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Edward Snowden's not a one-off: US.gov hunts new secret doc leaker

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Re: Whoot!

Private contractors? Aren't they the kind of people who might benefit from a leaked secret document before offering to sell more security and audit software to the public sector paymasters?

One way to reduce the risk of a widely distributed list being leaked is to salt it with a few unique names/records for each copy - makes it pretty quick to tell if the list came from the cops or haliburton or whoever, narrows down the chase somewhat already

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Cut price Android on steroids: OnePlus One – should we look gift horse in the gob?

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Cheap... Too cheap?

The OS is based on CM, but it's hard to know for sure if it has a special 'phone home to some agency in China' bit of firmware buried deep in there somewhere. After all, sold at cost means someone somewhere is subsidising things...

Maybe it is, maybe it isn't, but how could we ever tell?

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Google's mysterious floating techno barge SOLD FOR SCRAP

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Google were a convincing cover story for NSA

Before the wheels fell off the secret squirrel nest, they paid for Google to be a front for these fibre-optic interception listening barges, to be placed at strategic inbound fibre points with 'undisclosed electronics'. Maybe.

People thought it was the kind of crazy thing Google might do, and they would kit out the front couple of layers with lots of Teletubby rolling hills etc to showcase the toys on.

Maybe.

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Facebook goes down, people dial 911

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Re: What can I say?

Alas, as a huge statistical sample, they probably represent the general populous fairly closely. We're doomed.

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'Things' on the Internet-of-things have 25 vulnerabilities apiece

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Use case?

I'm still trying to work out what IOT is for. The oft-cited fridge reordering milk example seems quite lame to me, and I don't see it as any of my lightbulb's business if my electric car has paired with my washing machine. Either I'm missing something obvious, or this is the 3D of household electrics.

Either way, the mishmash of protocols is going to harm the market far more than the lack or surplus of uses. Until IOTP://myfridge.mykitchen.myhome/lightbulbstatus.iotb can tell me whether the light bulb goes off when I close the door and the same basic protocol can be used for the TV to ask the thermostat to turn down the temperature when I watch Titanic, the multitude of crappy incompatible protocols makes hardware bought now worthless in a few years. We're at the stage where we have finger, gopher, ftp, etc with manufacturer variations. I can't get excited about that.

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China in MONOPOLY PROBE into Microsoft: Do not pass GO, do not collect 200 yuan

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Monopoly of five licenced copies?

It does seem a little perverse that they only have the monopoly position because more people steal their software than steal other people's or use free software. Actually it seems majorally perverse and somewhat fucked-up to penalise someone for benefiting from using something you stole from them to begin with.

Great to hear the government *plans* to replace hooky copies with legit ones -that means they're almost certainly currently even using stolen MS software to audit the monopoly position.

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Scotland's BIG question: Will independence cost me my broadband?

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Re: Realism

http://youtu.be/Slu1OuykMIk

Harry and Paul

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Microsoft in Chinese burn ENIGMA: Anti-trust agents' 'sudden visit' to offices

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Office 365 disrupting the lucrative hooky software CD business?

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LOHAN's stirring motto: Ad Astra Tabernamque

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Re: MMXIV or 11111011110

Palindromic binary years, that's pretty damn geeky. +1 just for that.

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Apple fanbois SCREAM as update BRICKS their Macbook Airs

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Re: Warranty

http://www.parliament.uk/Templates/BriefingPapers/Pages/BPPdfDownload.aspx?bp-id=SN02239 page 4 point 2

Not quite the same as a 2 year warranty, and the SoGA doors indeed trump the 2 year directive, which is a directive that it should be implemented in each country's local laws.

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Re: Ummmmm

Ah, yeah, the HFS+ licencing issue. Not really MS's fault if apple won't licence it like they licenced NTFS.

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Re: Warranty

Not sure you're right with the 2 year warranty thing - as I understand it that's an EU thing that is trumped by our much better 6 years window in which to claim if you can price the fault was inherent at the time of sale. For the first six months thereof, the retailer has the burden of proving the problem wasn't inherent, thereafter you may need an expert witness report. Remedy is the refund/repair/replacement of goods at the retailers discretion and must be 'reasonable' (fixed in short time for a repair, but conversely may mean a partial refund to reflect period of fault-free use based on expected lifetime, which in turn may be a factor of cost).

Manufacturers may also offer warranties, but these are entirely at their own discretion and may include clauses not applicable to your statutory rights.

There is certainly no automatic European 2 year warranty for all goods.

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Sit back down, Julian Assange™, you're not going anywhere just yet

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Cost a government

Except 'the government' is the people. Londoners in particular in this case. That prick has diverted £6M of front line policing away from the streets of the city where they're much needed.

I'll bet the Ecuadorians are just posturing too - can't imagine they *really* want him... Unless he pays his bill for the central London hotel he's had...

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Airbus promises Wi-Fi – yay – and 3D movies (meh) in new A330

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Re: It's all very wonderful

I can't sit still for more than 90', so without the option of lying down, I don't get any sleep, so I get very grumpy indeed, and am in massive physical pain. But I could choose to pay 5x as much and get more space, so it's down to me - and if I could afford it, I certainly would.

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Dubai to get HUGE climate-controlled DOMED CITY and giga-mall

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Re: I wonder

It will be, by default. The locals and westerners are rich and 'in', the majority immigrant labour would just know not to enter - it's not built for them, they can't afford anything inside it, much like homeless people going to Harrods. And anyway, at the bottom end they will tend to live in labour camps way out of the city with limited access to independent transport and work all hours.

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Also, in fairness, the build quality of many UAE buildings is somewhat questionable behind the marble facades.

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Not just the air

UAE relies on fossil fuels to desalinate the drinking water - when the fuel starts running short and water scarce it'll empty out in a heartbeat.

As stupid as air conditioning the desert is, it may be that putting a lid over the buildings isn't massively more inefficient than all the individually cooled buildings - they all lose their cool individually, but if the cooler air leaks into a contained space as opposed to hot streets, it may not be quite as stupid as it first appears.

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Euro banks warned off Bitcoin as Canada regulates it

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Re: "disappear forever. Will it happen with bitcoin ??"

" I expect Bitcoins might be traded in 100 years, just as Penny Blacks are after they ceased to be carried by anyone's need to have letters delivered"

You could be right, but the fact they're intangible makes them an awful lot less interesting in an album, makes them harder to show off, and being digital they're not going to need special love to stop them degrading in air/light so their perceived 'value' as a collectible may be limited. How many people show off Win 3.1 which could be a 'collectible' in some senses? Certainly a few, but enough to be a market?

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BBC offers briefest of teasers for the next Doctor Who

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Re: Looks like...

Always has - look back at every new doctor and there's a bit of a refresh of the decor - and that's what keeps the series fresh and still going. No point having a time traveller who is stuck in a time warp, if you get my drift. Except it still looks like a (completely extinct) police box, so, erm...

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Indie labels: 5 reasons why we're hauling YouTube before Euro antitrust watchdog

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Re: Google Mottos

Do no evil.

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Maplin Electronics sold for £85m to Rutland Partners

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Re: How the sale went down

Don't think I've ever been offered an extended warranty to be frank, and my local Maplin is costly but couldn't be more eager to help and serve. And they have the usual mix of some fun toys, useful stuff, and landfill.

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Coulson GUILTY of conspiring to hack phones between 2000 and 2006

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Re: Not guilty, perhaps

Wish we had a 'not proven' option.

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Assange™ makes fresh bid for FREEDOM from Scotland Yard's 'physical encirclement'

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Re: British peasents

Hmmm so a burglary should have the same response time as a stabbing? Urgent tea, sympathy and fingerprints? Or is it reasonable for it not to be handled by the same front line team who are trying to respond to other problems? You may not see as many bobbies on the beat, but that's because the tools of policing have changed and so have the problems they're meeting. Given a choice between lower council tax and police patrolling, people choose the former. Make of that what you will.

As for that bill for assange, it's a big number. Worth it though. Not as'punishment' four wiki leaks which certainly has/had worthy intentions, but to catch a criminal (contempt of court -actually one of the more open ended crimes) who is also wanted in another country. And it has kept his massive ego quiet for a couple of years. Worth it.

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Ticket to Ecuador

What makes people think they'll want him after being such a pain in the arse? We've all had house guests who don't know when to fuck off, imagine being stuck in that small space with that twat 24h/day for 2 years!

Didn't their ambassador allegedly say to one of the government "we have a problem", to get the response " no, you have a problem "?

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Ohio man cuffed AGAIN for shagging inflatable pool raft

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Oh come on,

We've all done it, right?

Right?

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Car titans WON'T STEAL our tech, says Musk: DAMNIT, I'll GIVE IT to 'em

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Re: This is nice but

I suspect it'll be implemented in the form of low-cost or free licences

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Yes. Facebook will KNOW you've been browsing for smut

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Car stereo fascia

For me, it's marquees. In their world, you can never have enough marquees, I guess. My friend is stalked by running machines, because another running machine is just what you need when you've bought a running machine.

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'Jake' looks like he works at Facebook, so he's high on the cool-aid.

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Scott McNealy to caddie for 18-year-old son at US Golf Open

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That's great

Imagine having a father who wanted to help you in public where he could find 100 reasons why not. Conversely, the son must get on well enough with the father to want him there. That's nice.

Good luck to the son.

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Wedding tackle started out as PROTO-SHARKS' LEGS, boffins say

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Page 3 for geeks?

Must admit I don't usually think of this site for sexy-time titillation over my muesli, but there in full colour...

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L337 crackrz use dumb passwords too

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What about 'f'?

Those character sets seem to have some holes, or am i misunderstanding? Yes I know the researcher isn't English, but passwords still could/are likely to be.

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