* Posts by Anonymous Custard

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Misfortune Cookie crumbles router security: '12 MILLION+' in hijack risk

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Re: ZoneAlarm advert?

Perhaps they need to produce ZoneAlarm Fridge or similar...

Isn't that more likely to be plugged by Weightwatchers than Checkpoint?

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Reviewed: LittleBigPlanet 3, Lara Croft's latest raid and more

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Anti-Pitt?

Is it my imagination, or has Lara Croft suddenly regenerated from Angelina Jolie to Jennifer Aniston?

Not sure Mr Pitt would approve...

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Re: My feedback on your latest missive

I think it's more we want you to step back to what it was before whilst you rethink what went well and what went badly in this update, rather than leaving us stewing in an update that we hate at least parts of whilst you do so.

I'm sure there are some parts of it that people do like, even if they're not fully aware of them directly (if it's stuff under the bonnet/hood) or just that everyone's focussed on the negatives like the whiteness.

Also it's probably a bit surprising at the attitude that's being taken (or at least appearing to be taken, after all the only feedback for our complaints is your good self so far), especially given the delight that el Reg (or certain members of it) have taken in lambasting Microsoft for doing almost the very same thing with Win8 in terms of ignoring user (or reader in your case) feedback.

So maybe it's time for some more "official" feedback or action on all this, before the frustration leads to the only other course of action we have than venting in comment threads like this, namely abandoning the site (either fully or just visiting less).

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Re: @ diodesign (was: Is the story photo selection automated?)

I swear every downvote makes me not want to spend my time here.

We feel the same way about oversized and obscuring stock pictures that don't add anything to the site or stories...

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On putting it back the way it was before...

On putting it back the way it was before. We know that no-one likes change...

No, we just don't like unnecessary change. Or change that breaks things that weren't broken before.

Oh, and whilst I'm ranting:

We don’t think we are any brighter than, say, Amazon or the BBC

Whoever came up with the design certainly wasn't very bright.

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Re: Is the redesign going to get rid of...

No it's just going to get rid of a fair chunk of the readership. Or at least blind them with dazzling white.

I'm sure the advertisers will just love that...

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So now the big question

Having panned Microsoft for not listening to their customers, will el Reg be any better?

It looks to me like the general consensus of feedback on this new site design is that we all hate it. So will it stay anyway regardless of what we've all said, or could perhaps sense prevail and we go back to the old one? Or at least some sort of style option to switch or something to soften the impact.

Must admit if this glaring white inflexible monstrosity does stay then I'm not sure that I will be...

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Re: El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

We also can't seemingly now right-click and open the article in a new tab (at least under the IE9 I'm stuck with here at work), so it's back and forth into each article which is a pain.

Like most of the others above, really hating the new design look too, there was nothing wrong with the old one. Bring it back!

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Couch potatoes relax: Netflix scores big STREAMING TV PATENT win

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Wide Load?

Coach potatoes relax: Netflix scores big STREAMING TV PATENT win

What the hell's a coach potato?

Someone who watches so much telly that they don't fit in a car any more, let alone a couch?

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30,000 people buy a box of BOVINE EXCREMENT

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Re: And that reminds me

And I guess it's also the best response to being accused of not giving a shit about something or someone...

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Thin plot, great CGI effects

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Re: one film edit

Or you could always just actually read the book.

It even has the advantage of being quicker to do than watching all three films back to back, includes exactly the amount of the book and story that Tolkien wanted and the special effects in your mind can be at least as good...

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UK flights CRIPPLED by system outage that shut ALL London airspace

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12 more sleeps 'til Santa?

Well all I can say is they've got 12 days to fix it, or my kids won't be happy if Rudolph and co don't get clearance to land.

That said one of my kids won't be happy anyway, as the storm and power cut we had last night took out the micro-SD card in my Pi, so about 3 weeks worth of her Minecraft tweaking (since the last back-up) looks like it maybe a gonner.

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US Navy's LASER CANNON WARSHIP: USS Ponce sent to Gulf

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Re: Assuming jigawatts is a bad pronunciation of gigawatts

Although jigawatts brings to mind images of Austin Powers and laser jub'd fembots.

Makes a change from sharks I suppose.

Coat? Mine's the slighty grubby mac, thanks.

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Re: USS Ponce

Its maybe a clever psychological navy battle tactic - the enemy identifies the ship and then spends the next half-hour sniggering, giggling and pointing fingers at it. During which time the navy can either make their escape or press home an attack?

At least for enemies that don't know their history or pronounciation anyway.

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97% of UK gets 'basic' 2Mbps broadband. 'Typical households' need 10Mbps – Ofcom

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Re: Errr WTF?

I note that they're not clear whether this 10Mbps is before or after your ISP throttles it when you actually try and use it though...

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Égalité, Fraternité - Oui, peut-etre. Liberté? NON, French speedcam Facebookers told

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Toll roads

Am I right in remembering that there was a plan at one point to also do something similar with the toll roads over there? Basically that at every payage your number plate would get read, and if you reached the next one before the prescribed time (ie you'd driven too fast between the two fixed points) then you got a photograph and a letter in the mail?

Must admit in the past 15 years or so that I've been fairly regularly driving there (usually the alpine route from Geneva across to Grenoble via Chambery) I've noticed the number of cameras on that route grow massively. There didn't used to be any (other than the Gendarmerie sometimes sat at the exits of the Aires with their hand-helds), but now in the 150km or so I think there must be at least half a dozen if not more.

The worst one being the 50kph one literally just on the border as you go back into Switzerland - it's notorious within the company, and so my French colleagues tell me it's the highest grossing camera in France. I certainly know several of my colleagues who've been snapped anyway.

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Home Wi-Fi security's just as good as '90s PC security! Wait, what?

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Or alternatively DD-WRT or OpenWRT.

Have to say also no complaints about my Netgear - it even seeks and downloads new firmware itself, and when all is ready lets me know that it's available to pull the trigger on the upgrade (or not if you so wish). OK the quality of the firmware has a couple of times given issues (killing 5GHz connectivity at worst), but older firmware is downloadable from their website.

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Hail Skroob!

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Feast your eyes: 10 'fortysomething' smart TVs

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Re: Dumb TV please

Would have to agree - got a 46" dumb LG a couple of months back for £250. Paired up with a Pi running OpenElec, and it does the job wonderfully and plays back all I need in glorious full HD (inc iPlayer, not fussed about ITVPlayer as I think I've watched about 3 programmes on ITV in the last 3 years).

Nicest of all is the TV has CEC, so I can even fully drive the OpenElec interface using the TV remote, and stream all the stuff I need off my NAS box or the 'net as required (with a small bluetooth keyboard as back-up if URLs or other more serious typing is needed).

All in all for about £300 got the flexible functionality of a set that'd retail for double that. And if all else fails PC World were chucking ChromeCasts out the door for £20 on black friday, to fill in anything else that OE doesn't cover (which isn't much).

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Orion: To Mars, the Moon and beyond... but first, a TEST FLIGHT through Van Allen belt

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Architected?

So even in the early stages of this vehicle, we’ve architected it to have as much natural shielding from the structure and the components that are inside

What's wrong with "designed", "created" or possibly even "built"? Since when did we run out of stocks of those words and so have to press-gang and bend job titles and any other randomly grabbed word into being verbs?

Or should we all now be keyboarding our comments here before going down the pub to glass our pints?

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RIP Microsoft Clip Art – now you can fill your slides with web cat pics

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Except you just know instead they'll be replaced by poorly copied/cropped images which also now have strange and mysterious water-marks across them if you look closely enough.

Still I suppose such water-mark spotting and guessing where the images were ripped from could be a whole new PowerPoint game...

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BOFH: Everyone deserves a little DOWNTIME

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Re: Best one...

I am sure we have all experienced the 'it will be done much quicker if I am not hassled ' phone call.I am sure we have all experienced the 'it will be done much quicker if I am not hassled ' phone call.

I find the most effective reply is "do you want me to stand here and talk to you about doing some work to fix this, or shall I just get on with actually doing it?". It usually works surprisingly well, even allowing for your normal audience types.

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I'll be back (and forward): Hollywood's time travel tribulations

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Re: Giant Blancmange south of London with Time Travel

It's currently better known as the O2 Arena, or just the O2 if you prefer. Usually to be found on band tour itineraries in the way Wembley used to be.

Meanwhilst the Blackadder special is on disc 5 of the Blackadder ultimate DVD box set, and is rather fun in a slightly dated sort of way.

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Oddly enough, I went and created my account 8 years ago just to give you an upvote too ;)

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Re: Edge of Tomorrow...

Come on though, it's a movie where you get to watch the midget getting splattered in a variety of different ways many times over? Anything else is a bonus...

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Suffering satellites! Goonhilly's ARTHUR REBORN for SPAAAACE

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Portcurno Telegraph Museum

Was down there on holiday a few months back, and quite disappointed that this place was no longer open for a visit.

However must also give a mention to the Porthcurno Telegraph Museum also down near Lands End, which is a great visit for people interested in this kind of communications tech. It's a little more broad in topic (focussing more on the undersea cables mentioned in the article, some of which used to end at the museum building in its former life), but it gives a very good overview and is well worth a half-day visit.

Indeed I'm quite surprised it isn't mentioned in the article, given the overall topic and the other more off-topic attractions mentioned at the end.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Bryndzové halušky

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Bacon?

Is that vaguely ham-like stuff what passes for bacon in Spain?

If so then you're obviously a tough man to get by on such meagre rations.

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Renewable energy 'simply WON'T WORK': Top Google engineers

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Re: economic growth would cease

And looking at recent economic history, one could wonder if it hasn't already happened anyway, or at least begun to...

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Intel offers ingenious piece of 10TB 3D NAND chippery

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Long range weather forecast

suggesting tablet and mobile phone storage capacity could increase

Will be interesting to see how this pans out with certain manufacturers and suppliers who would rather you paid for rental of cloud storage instead, and don't give that much local storage even now and make that non-expandable...

Even though it can be done it'll be interesting to see if market and user pressure means that it will be done, and we go back more to a local storage solution rather than a cloud/streaming one.

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You'll go APE for our new Gorilla Glass 4, Corning reckons

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Re: Fnarr Fnarr

Aren't things that can survive a heavy pounding on the thick end of the drop, but if you snip or damage the tail end then the stress is released instantly and the while thing basically explodes in a shower of fragments?

So unless they're very careful in the design they may end up with "sweet spots" that if struck during a fall or impact will make the whole screen catastrophically and explosively shatter rather than just crack as most current phones seem to do (at least whenever I see some of the higher end phones people are using in day to day life, I'd swear more often than not the screens are cracked to some degree).

Hmm, yup - http://youtu.be/6V2eCFsDkK0

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GOTCHA: Google caught STRIPPING SSL from BT Wi-Fi users' searches

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Re: @Jin 59

And it also means if you press the browser back button you end up at the second Google page rather than the original search, which promptly sends you back to the original page that you just left rather than back to the search results page.

It's one of the most fecking annoying parts of using Google for searching unless you consciously open your selection in a new tab and so keep the original search results page available in the original tab.

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Re: And...

Hows that different to any other ISP?

They got caught doing it?

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Azure TITSUP caused by INFINITE LOOP

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Re: backronym error?

Nah, it's just that the service (or lack of it) was taking the P...

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Toyota to launch hydrogen (ie, NATURAL GAS) powered fuel cell hybrid

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Why hello there officer...

But with a top speed of just 111mph...

Just? Why would this be an a detractor, unless you happened to be on the correct bits of a German autobahn, a tame race-track or you simply don't have a particular attachment to your driving license?

Especially as I'm not sure that the petrol/diesel equivalent version would be able to do much more if similarly floored. Given the size of the car it'd probably end up as an urban run-about anyway for many, which makes the whole speed question moot anyway.

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LIFE, JIM? Comet probot lander found 'ORGANICS' on far-off iceball

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They may be rocket scientists...

...but one does have to wonder why they were trying to drill into the surface with a hammer?

Or are certain rules concerning tools and their applications universal to all people, tasks and locations?

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The Nokia ENIGMA THING and its SECRET, TERRIBLE purpose

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Re: I wonder

And probably full of schoolkids and other random passengers...

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It’s PAYBACK time as HUMANS send a PROBE up ALIEN body

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Re: Bouncy bouncy

Well it would certainly explain the reported bad smell that the comet has, based on the analysis and all the various hydrocarbons and such...

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Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode

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Re: I want it

The other question is what will happen a few years down the line when the game isn't so new, has been superceded by the next shiny thing and perhaps isn't quite as profitable as it was? Maybe those servers would be better used for supporting a different game, or perhaps Frontier itself isn't doing quite so well?

So the game that people have been anticipating and wanting for many years now is calling out in vain to servers that either are reduced and so overloaded, or just don't respond at all, and the game basically no longer works at all.

If the offline mode is there then at least you still have a game you can play, albeit by yourself rather than as an immersive and interactive one with fellow Commanders, but this does seem to be rather a large shift in the longer-term functionality of the game. Just as well there are options like Oolite and Space Engine around to cover those bases more than adequately.

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COMET lander DRILL CLIFFHANGER as last dregs of power used

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Re: Never give up

Have to agree, plus also the restraint from going all-out to fix things now, given that the comet is heading sun-ward and so the game (or at least the shadowing) and the amount of sunlight available will change as it goes.

So whilst it's in shade and drained now, in a while it may well end up in sunlight and charge again and so become available for more work and communications. Of course the risk here is that the comet and the lander both may not survive longer-term if that heating causes the comet itself to become more unstable and/or break-up, but I guess those are the rules of the game.

But what they've achieved so far has been amazing, anything else additionally is a wonderful bonus. Top boffinry all round.

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Google DoubleClick goes TITSUP. ENJOY your AD-FREE WORLD!

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Re: Fixed?

I must admit that was my first thought, whether "fixed" should apply to the period when the servers were down or the period afterwards when they were back up...

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Return of the disk drive bigness? Not for poor old, busted WD

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Can be simple supply and demand - if people know supply may be restricted then some "stock up", hence more demand and so more profit.

Of course this is not mutually exclusive with prices rising due to restricted supply also causing profit to rise, but that depends on the honour and ethics of the vendor. And that point is left as a personal judgement...

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Jim Beam me up, Scotty! WHISKY from SPAAACE returns to Earth

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Re: A new market for SpaceX?

I'm wondering more if this might shed some light on the X-37B's secret mission?

2 years enough for some decent maturing of product?

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DEATH by PowerPoint: Microsoft warns of 0-day attack hidden in slides

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Re: Ha!

Quite - I was exposed to one the other day and suddenly found I'd lost half a day of my life...

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Trips to Mars may be OFF: The SUN has changed in a way we've NEVER SEEN

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Re: Nuclear

Heat sinks and radiators (as in household ones) do most of their work via convection of and conduction with the air around them. The thermal radiation part is present (as they are at temperatures above absolute zero), but it's relatively weak in comparison (compare how hot a conventional light bulb filament gets compared to the glass around it for example).

In space as there's (almost) a complete vacuum, there's (almost) nothing to conduct heat away, and radiation only strongly comes into play when you get to such a high temperature that things start giving off significant electromagnetic radiation in the form of infra-red and visible light (ie glowing red/white hot). And by that point you've probably got other issues to worry about with your spaceship melting.

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Re: Nuclear

I wonder if the cooling required for nuclear reactors could involve the void?

I would doubt it - cooling is the transfer of heat energy from the hot thing into something colder, and whilst space certainly qualifies as colder, it is rather lacking in the critical "something" to transfer into in any useful amounts. Hence why the ideal thermal insulator is a vacuum, such as in flasks etc.

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Really... an iKeyfob? Apple continues war on fanbois' pockets

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Yup, the Knight Automated Roving Robot.

Somehow I think I could have mis-spent my youth more productively, as I knew that without having to look it up...

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Watch live! NASA video streams Orionid meteor shower – or go outside and look yourself

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Forecast

Looking at the forecast, I think all I'd see is a cloudy rain shower...

Will stick to NASA streaming rather than water streaming. Bloody hurricane remnants.

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Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots

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Re: The end ?!

There I would have to agree, but then again after Colin Baker it would have been hard to go further downhill and be any worse. I envy your precious little seeing of him...

And sadly, at least in terms of written character, Capaldi is giving me horrible flashbacks of what they tried to do with CB. A frustrating shame given quite what PC is capable of as an actor if given writing that's up to the job.

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Kirk?

Is it just me, or did he start channeling Captain Kirk a bit too much when he was trapped in the TARDIS though when the life support went on the blink? The slow and emphatic delivery (and randomly placed emphasis) to tell us all about it was just pure Shatner...

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