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UK's education system blamed for IT jobs going to non-Brits

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Re: Do we really want more computer scientists?

When the grads turn up in the workplace they typically can't code, better to get someone with a Maths degree who can

Either you are looking fora "coder" who may or may not be able to code, or you are looking for a person able to get a Math degree who, again, may or may not be able to code, but who is at least interested in IT. This actually means getting a "Computer Scientist"

Getting a "Math degree" person and asking him to do coding is not a good idea. Knowing how to do multidimensional differential geometry is not often a useful thing in the workplace. And algebra is basic knowledge, isn't it?

In fact, you want more a "Computer Engineer" than a "Computer Scientist", really - the scientist should do the science at work at IBM Research, if that still exists and hasn't be wrecked by Wall Street gyrations.

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Re: Please....

Reposting due to great success: Kids can't use computers... and this is why it should worry you

Abstract: TL;DR? Why not just go watch another five second video of a kitten with its head in a toilet roll, or a 140 character description of a meal your friend just stuffed in their mouth. "nom nom". This blog post is not for you.

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Re: Lack of qualified people

Lack of qualified people. Coupled with a tale of qualified people being replaced by (cheap) unqualified people. Does not compute.

Yes it does.

There is no law that hinders a business to take bad decisions and go under as a consequence.

Nor should there be.

Capitalism! It's worth trying!

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Dad of student slain in Paris terror massacre sues Google, Twitter, Facebook for their 'material support' of ISIS

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Neither does the attack on Charlie Hebdo have anything to do with US foreign policy

This is patently wrong. Those guys were Al Qaeda in Yemen, an organization which was not a factor until the US got an invitation by the Saudis to help bomb the shit out of that country to make sure "Iranians" would not take over (although no-one ever spotted Iranians taking over there, but that detail was never up for examination). Now Al Qaeda has a vast base there directly south of Saudi Arabia. Good job, US! I guess it has to do with stashes of T-Bills in Saudi vaults...

The only satisfaction is that Saudi Arabia now starts to have slight problems with chicken coming home to roost, blowing up Shia mosques and menacing the glitterati.

Charlie Hebdo was annoying shit anyway but Cabu was pretty good.

Ceterum censeo, I agree with the following article at the un-PC "Unz Review", which has nothing to do with anything except that it highlights that crimethink and duckspeak are the bread and butter of major political representatives nowadays, but here goes:

What Would Obama Have Said If Dylann Roof Were Muslim?

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Watch as SpaceX's latest Falcon rocket burns then crashes

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Re: Different approach

It's called the "Wile E. Coyote" landing.

You just need a highly visible sensor unsuccessfully checking whether there is ground underneath before fatal excursion event.

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Running on fumes ... of the hippie kind.

Are you stark raving bonkers?

If they were licensing that, no rocket would be flying yet.

In April 2015, the SABRE engine concept passed a theoretical feasibility review conducted by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, the lab will reveal two-stage-to-orbit SABRE concepts in the near future, they believe that a single-stage-to-orbit Skylon space plane is "technically very risky as a first application of SABRE engine ," and this is why they are developing two-stage-to-orbit concepts.[24] In August 2015 the European Commission competition authority approved UK government funding of £50 million for further development of the SABRE project. This was approved on the grounds that money raised from private equity had been insufficient to bring the project to completion. Then in October 2015, British company BAE Systems agreed to buy a 20% stake in the company for £20.6 million as part of an agreement to help develop the SABRE hypersonic engine.

Yeah, incomplete project and BAE gets involved, that's gonna be a good engine for launches with minimal red tape... NOT!!!

You actually want stuff that works, sooner rather than later. Cutting edge does not need to go into self-cutting bleeding edge.

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Laser probers sniff more gravitational waves from mega black hole smash

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Re: Why LIGO Is a Scam

You can't "teleport the sun hundreds of light years away". Especially not in GR (ads opposed to in Star Trek for example). But we can observe black holes in rapid motion and check whether what we observe is what we can numerically obtain.

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Re: Why LIGO Is a Scam

Clueless jerk detected!

Amazingly, the Einstein Gravity calculations work out pretty well. Exceedingly well.

And GR has nothing to do with the graviton, which is QFT, which is another can of worms. Go back to cave regardless.

Or stop grunting and start here: Is Newton's Law of Gravity consistent with General Relativity?

> rebelscience

Nothing says more than "I'm a 14-year-old homeschooler with delusions of grandeur and asperger's" than "rebelscience".

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Re: Dark matter

Not at all. Because "micro-singularities" are micro and, same as with magnetic monopoles, none has ever been detected and the energetic burst of evaporating micro black holes are not being observed.

The holes in this story are decidedly macro, leftovers from stellar burns.

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Lone hacker claims to have broken into US Democrat servers

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Hillary's obsession with P.U.T.I.N. as the MUSTACHIOED NAZI MAN

One would think that anything that doesn't go quite right with the Democratic Powwow will be laid at the feet of P.U.T.I.N. and his merry men.

Doesn't mean any of that is true.

(Meanwhile, democratic mobs will attack Trumpsters in the street, but that's for another discussion)

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Google Research opens machine intelligence base in Zurich

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Re: Even Leberkäse (or allegedly Fleischkäse in CH)

These guys are calvinists.

Back when I profited from the excellent Computer Science Department of ETHZ, there were the usual noise and protests from the corner of the boisterous youthful leftist out to anticapitalistically Change the World. Forces of the Law and Order always quickly put a lid on that (I vaguely remember that they were a bit overwhelmed by the rightists/trumpists and the "kurdish immigrants" though)

I have to go back and visit that town again.

As to Google, there wIll probably be a large, spooky building at "Tessier-Ashpool Strasse 1"...

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Lester Haines: RIP

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Re: Is this the end of humor on The Register?

Oh, I just thought the old handles had slowly died off.

There really was a purge after Fukushima?

RIP Lester, he's gone to the special projects bureau in the sky

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Sofacy NotSoGood: Time to switch up our Trojan-slinging tactics

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"Government entities"

Do they come with cavernous voices and hair-raising moans?

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Safari 10 dumps Flash, Java, Silverlight, QuickTime in the trash

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Re: Doing away with the cruft?

One of the rules of practical computing is that you never can do away with cruft. It will ooze back through the backdoor, stickier and oozier than before.

(It has to with it being easier to go into technical debt and compound on it than to to actually design and think, and easier to hire hapless knuckle-dragging coders than to retain capable software developers who can understand a problem and formulate a solution. I guess.)

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Admins in outcry as Microsoft fix borks Group Policy

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Re: Testing?

Or, you know, there could be some analyzable logic behind the system instead of hacked code looking like a quilt from the thrift shop? Just an idea. It would make sense I guess.

I really want a Plinkett icon...

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Russian government hackers spent a year in our servers, admits DNC

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Re: A exercise run for new recruits

Apparently at least 5 people are completely unaware about how "campaigns" actually work and who those "donors" are. AIPAC does not stand for "American Indians for Peace and Cooperation".

Also note that pathological liar Hillary is the candidate of choice for the reboot of PNAC. Yeah, we will see more of "Victoria Nuland", "Color Revolutions", "Surges in faraway lands", "Putin is Hitler", "China containment", "Nuclear renewal" and "Responsibility to Protect" nation wrecking and induced ultrakill under that woman'spsycho's watch.

Not ok with pathological liar description? Here is what she has to say about Orlando:

“The attack in Orlando makes it even more clear, we cannot contain this threat. We must defeat it. And the good news is that the coalition effort in Syria and Iraq has made recent gains in the last months.

“So we should keep the pressure on ramping up the air campaign, accelerating support for our friends fighting to take and hold ground and pushing our partners in the region to do even more.

“We also need continued American leadership to help resolve the political conflicts that fuel ISIS recruitment efforts.

“But as ISIS loses actual ground in Iraq and Syria, it will seek to stage more attacks and gain stronger footholds wherever it can, from Afghanistan, to Libya, to Europe.

“The threat is metastasizing….”

Nothing of the above fits any reality I am aware of.

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A exercise run for new recruits

An analysis of the servers showed that no financial, donor or personal information had been accessed or stolen by the two teams, the DNC said

That would bejust the list of the pulsating-neon-ultra-hard-right members of Israeli "democracy", it can be had from Wikipedia too.

Also shady people with real estate "interests", wall street types and other rifraf.

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Space Data dudes say Google lifted Loon balloon tune

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Patent for living in universe supporting Archimedes's principle

Amazingly, this article has not been penned by O'rly

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Raspberry Pi distributor Premier Farnell in £792m Swiss buyout deal

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Muh profits!!!

> along with the profits

Mercantilist thinking!

Consider:

1) Profits will be in GBP

2) To "go abroad" they need to be converted to CHF

3) This conversion increases the value of the CHF but depresses the one of the GBP

4) Owners of GBP (i.e. Island inhabitants) will be able to import more for less GBP

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Clueless s’kiddies using exploit kits are behind ransomware surge

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Re: low-skilled criminals continued

"Because it hasn't been picked yet?"

Philosoraptor.jpg!

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The Microsoft-LinkedIn hookup will be the END of DAYS, I tell you

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Re: Canada?

It's just like a sect. A neverending circlejerk of the self-promoters where there are "friends" that are not friends and "news" that are not news and into which you are forced to put half an hour or so per day, possibly by a "mobile device solution" while on the move to increase the obnoxious encroachment on your mind. Then the Nigerian Prince texts you.

Adios.

At least the Cortana is designed to look sexually attractive to young males.

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Apple WWDC: OS X is dead, long live macOS

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So it's boring and mainstream?

Can we go back to actual problems now?

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Berners-Lee: WWW is spy net

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Re: Tim is a Scientist Guy...

As Captain Nemo once said when his Boot was grabbed by the Kraken:

Frenchman: "It got us. What are you going to do?"

Nemo: "We shall surface and eliminate the whole brood!"

Not a Green Attitude, but there you go.

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Re: Who's this Berners-Lee to complain?

Expecting people to discuss security considerations of URLs in 1994?

Really????

Well, it WAS the dark harbinger times of the Freeh FBI, Attorney General Janet Reno, the Clipper Chip (and also the X-Files), but you can't fault people for not pulling in information from the future about technology that doesn't even exist yet and discuss it in an RFC that is basically orthogonal to the not-as-yet-formed security considerations.

Let's check the covers of "Communications of the ACM" of 1994 to see how far away that year is now: "Hypermedia" is featured in February and "Internet Technology" in August

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There is no money in "decentral"

Everybody always wants to be The Indispensable One With The Asymmetric Information Advantage And the Interface With Rounded Corners so that toll barriers can be erected or advertisements targetially pushed on the road to utter & total consumer bliss. While three-letter agencies slurp the doubtlessly secure database.

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Government regulation will clip coders' wings, says Bruce Schneier

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I don't understand.

IoT devices do not necessarily need to be "smart", they just need to have some kind of control function.

They certainly will not be "all the time connected". Maybe do some I/O when they have harvested enpugh energy to power on the radio interface. Indeed, it will liked be a security feature to NOT have the damned stuff online all the time.

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Even less Microsoft in the market?

Good!

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Re: More Hype

You will meet Doctor IoT at the hospital. You can be sure of this.

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PC market sinking even faster than first thought, thanks to Windows 10

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Re: I wouldn't blame Windows 10 @Anonymous Coward

You have a good point historically -- Henry Ford (hardly a philanthropist otherwise) paid better wages so his many workers could afford to buy a Ford.

Realistically, most buyers of Ford were NOT Ford workers.

What made Fords buyable were not higher wages at Ford, but mass production and thus LOWER wages per unit produced (aka "cheapening").

This is also why you can buy an iPhone under USD 10'000 at all: cheapening.

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Now Google backs everyone's favorite trade pact: The TPP

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Re: Ahh but....

That's "Bilderberg".

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Calling Obama "amusing" is like calling Pinochet "uplifting"

The "sassy black guy" spiel of the drone-and-nuclear-renewal president is really old now.

Meanwhile: PNAC is baaackk (Well, it never went away, really)

The substance of the document is about what one would expect from an iteration of PNAC. The paper cites a highly revisionist history of post-World War II American policymaking, complete with a celebration of America’s selfless motives for every action. Left out is any mention of overthrowing democratically elected and popular governments for US business, or the subsequent blowback for such actions in Latin America, the Middle East, and elsewhere.

For the neocons and liberal interventionists at the Center for a New American Security, the United States has always acted for the benefit of all.

The paper primarily focuses on the economy and defense budget, and American security interests in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Supporting the Trans-pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) are considered the highest priority, as they will bind the main drivers of the US-led “liberal world order”—the US and Europe—closer together.

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Dell slips into a slimmer red dress after sales diet

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Re: The Downward Spiral of Product Quality vs. Profit

I quite like their latest Latitude models. Compared to what was on offer 3 years ago they are rather improved. A not-too-fancy machine, a bit plain, that does its job. It can be self-serviced, too. Just what's needed.

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Even in remotest Africa, Windows 10 nagware ruins your day: Update burns satellite link cash

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Re: I've lost important data

The above is accompanied by cackling laughter from The Beast.

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SLACKOUT

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Re: All Of Your Eggs

MAKE AMERICA DECENTRAL AGAIN!!

I would actually vote for that platform.

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TeamViewer beefs up account security after rash of PC, Mac hijacks

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What is this world coming to?

Unreasonable searches and seizures, no right to bear arms, secret evidence and no expectation of privacy in one's coming and goings?

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Java API judge tells Oracle to suck it up, quit whining about the jury

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I see!

Is that Mr. Orlowski's "red faced" judge? He seems to cruise cooly through this particular Obnoxious Catfight of the 300 Pound Gorillas.

Now, about that stock photo, which seems to have been created by the coffee-brings-you-cancer scare team....

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Get ready for Google's proprietary Android. It's coming – analyst

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To think that Stallman slept underneath his desk and coded during the day to ensure API compatibility between the open and closed version of LISP machines (which of course went out of fashion soon after these heroic efforts) and now APIs have become the next West Bank of "Intellectual property" fetishists, to be partitioned, patrolled, assimilated and "monetized" slowly but inexorably.

Some kind of "industry" we have got ourselves here.

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Re: My Blackberry Q10 is looking better

It's dead, Jim.

I haven't heard of anyone wanting to have BB in-company in the last 6 months. It may be a mistake but that coffin is rolling downstairs now.

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Re: GPL?

Or maybe fish something out of the pond of dead Nokia?

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Google has already implemented the fix, which involves replacing the Apache Harmony implementation of Java with Oracle's own version of Java, which they license under open source.

The important part is the VM and it has never been the one of Sun or the one of Apache, as it is the Dalvik (licensed under Apache License, so Google may make proprietary modifications to it of course)

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I don't understand this article

It's like hearing Qi-Gong explaining his super plan to fight the invasion of a random planet by having Anakin win the race or something.

So Google creates a proprietary Android with the API also proprietary (given the new "rightsholder-friendly" "can't copy this API" legal landscape) to have more control so that phone makers living in a "brutal marketplace" where 1c difference in BoM is a lot (how many planets do they supply in phones?) are left in the radioactive dead zone of the non-updating consumer gimmicks.

But so what??

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Re: Oracle

Once you switch it on, it will menace you because you might be under-licensed. Then a lawyer calls.

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Oooooklahoma! Where the cops can stop and empty your bank cards – on just a hunch

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Trump is not even in charge....

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Doesn't help. It happens everywhere: The Forfeiture Racket: Police and prosecutors won't give up their license to steal.. This is an article from 2010.

The 1984 law lowered the bar for civil forfeiture. To seize property, the government had only to show probable cause to believe that it was connected to drug activity, or the same standard cops use to obtain search warrants. The state was allowed to use hearsay evidence—meaning a federal agent could testify that a drug informant told him a car or home was used in a drug transaction—but property owners were barred from using hearsay, and couldn’t even cross-examine some of the government’s witnesses. Informants, while being protected from scrutiny, were incentivized monetarily: According to the law, snitches could receive as much as one-quarter of the bounty, up to $50,000 per case.

Yeah, what could go wrong here?

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Between 2001 and 2014, the US government confiscated $29bn using the laws

That's half the money that has been promised to Israel for the next ten years 'coz they are sooo hurting from that bad, bad Iran deal. People are asking whether someone has money diarrhea. Well, looks like "direct taxation" can bring in the goods! Sorted!!

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Why everyone* hates Salesforce's Marc Benioff

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Why is Hillary election propaganda being posted here?

Seriously, El Reg!

The vilification of the Trump Voter as know-nothing flyover country hillbilly seems to be reaching new levels of hysteria.

Better commentary here:

Campaigns Spawn Really Bad Economics

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Startup Knupath offers world a new CPU architecture

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No but now cats know that you know.

They won't take this lying down. You better watch out tonight.

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Re: all we need to know

A D-Wave does some kind of stochastical process. This one is straightforward Algebra In Silicium.

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Q: Is it wrong to dress as a crusader for an England match?

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Re: floating off Kaliningrad on an Aegis missile destroyer

Well, the F-35 props may be out-numbered in case of an "event" as one single of those blow-up planes costs a gazillion Euro.

That's one thing I'm a bit looking forward to as in my advanced age I like to see fireworks from time to time: A "limited" nuclear exchange with Russia on Toady Witch Hillary's "watch", which she will probably hope to pull off with the loss of a few "FucktheEuropeans" cities, a good deal.

But I digress, better take my blood pressure pills.

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Re: Hmmm....

All these guys were purged bolshevik-style because someone wanted to get the money. They are dead, Jim.

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