* Posts by Keven E.

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US court rubber-stamps dragnet metadata surveillance (again)

Keven E.

Nothing?

"Nothing of substance has changed since then."

Yeahbut... back then Democrats were considered conservatives and Republicans were liberals.

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Finally, a decent use for big data: Weeding out crooked City traders

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Watch this

"All traders phones are monitored its a dismissal offence to use a non-company phone for trading business."

Even before GPS became public, a cellphone signal and the camera locked onto each trader were bound. Any attempt at buying a prepaid cell from the local five-n-dime was considered uncivilized... <tinfoil>

The mere thought of the day-trader trading in after hours sessions with his own cash means that person is by default dishonest... not just moonlighting?

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Keven E.

Real old news

I'll take it one step further... farther... father?

"However, firms do need to exercise some caution and accept that there will be some behaviours and trades that appear suspicious on the face of it but which are in fact perfectly legitimate."

Let's see.. it is, in fact, perfectly legitimate to take money+infomation=more money, so, yes please tell us you are excercising caution when you are trying to distinguish between profitability and profit. We'll believe you.

"Technology can be used to flag malpractice but there should be follow up procedures to ensure firms understand the context of traders' actions before taking any disciplinary action."

Let's see... the context of traders actions is to make money... mostly for themselves, but *sometimes through and for a 3rd, 4th, 5th... party, so please explain to us what/who these "follow-up procedures are for. We'll believe you.

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Keven E.

Not so big

"...with decidedly mixed results."

Too much chaos for data to be meaningful, but they'll keep trying to sell it as a predictability, of course. At least some things are predictable.

Just... compare who are "friends" and who makes money most of the time. How many or how long can winning streaks be? Or... is beyond the threshold of "WTF were you thinking? If you keep that up, everyone will find out the game is rigged". That information doesn't seem to need to be so big to extract that conclusion.

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FCC Republicans slam brakes on net neutrality, but this wagon ain't slowing

Keven E.

The coin needs flipping

dormaj

We know you lost your chance to fix this... yet, I can guess what you wanted to type.

And the statement "Let’s leave the power where it belongs - with the American people." is about as disingenuous as it gets. Should have read "Let’s leave the power where it belongs - with the American people" because that is the real intent of Pai's message.

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Please don't quote anything Rush Limbaugh says here. I'm not saying ignore him (cause he ain't gonna just go away) but some places should be sacred.

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Keven E.

Re: The writing is on the wall!

"...greatest experiment in Capitalism ever."

Well, as long as you realize we are still experimenting with it. When it comes to people, society demands more support and civility than an individual's or collective's ability to capitalize on *something.

"Liberalism is a mental disorder!".

Please realize that "Liberalism" (apparently) means different things on the opposing sides of the pond.

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Keven E.

Re: "Let’s leave the power where it belongs - with the American people.

"...technologists invent ever more life-enhancing applications..."

It makes me think of the Borg every time someone uses this *justification.

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Microsoft's patchwork falls apart … AGAIN!

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Re: KB3013455

In case anyone is still *caring...

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/3037639

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Keven E.

Re: I am getting my coat...

"For example, working on a 300 page Word document for 3 hrs, and then hitting "Save",..."

Even if I agree with the pending "OS in real-time" problem at hand... I'd have to say "haven't you've been there before?" and "If so, whyTF are you still keeping single documents even close to the 300 page range?"... and... "Three hours without hitting the save button?".

Have a pint and think about what *you have(n't) done.

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In praise of China’s CROONING censors: Company songs NOW!

Keven E.

Re: Not just zingers

"Most sat there with gaping mouths, not sure what to do. Around me, international colleagues were scratching their heads, turning red with embarrassment; some began to rock back and forth with panic in their eyes; some giggled nervously; others looked close to tears; all of us willing the three-minute dirge to end and put us out of our misery."

After the first 1.1min. yous realized this *was being recorded and started sing along with it, after all I'm sure you really wanted to get invited to the next staging!

http://www.amazon.com/Sing-Along-Mad-Al-Jaffee/dp/0451063945

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M0n0wall comes tumbling down as dev throws in the trowel

Keven E.

Re: "m0n0wall should be celebrated, not ridiculed"

"... throws in the trowel".

Regional?

When you throw in the "towel", it means your boxing manager/trainer did that to *stop the fight because you got so freakin punch drunk that you probably couldn't even form the *words.

Really bad cockney rhyming slang? A mondegreen?

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Is it humanly possible to watch Gigli and Battlefield Earth back-to-back?

Keven E.

Re: Let's give Brits some credit. Proffesional Darts is torture.

"I would rather watch insurance seminars and read Actuary Tables than to watch fat, grown men glare at each other like Siamese-fighting fish. That's when I learned to drink."

That's how they learned to drink.

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Keven E.

It's official

Anything with Steve Carell.

The Wedding Singer is the only movie I've ever walked out on.

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Net neutrality in the US: Look out! It's Neut-gate! Or is that Net-ghazi?

Keven E.

Really, really non-partisan!

"If they really wanted it to be non-partisan, it would be run like the Supreme Court, with the president nominating people to an open post, with Senate confirmation required."

Do you really think that these three aren't partisan... and that they were put there because of non-partisan *reasons?

http://spectator.org/articles/37501/ganging-justices-thomas-scalia-and-alito

It's the Magical Men from Happy-Land in a big gumdrop white house on Lollipop Lane! With flowers and bells and leprechauns and magic frogs with funny little hats.

Or did I miss the whole sarcastic nature...

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"This will be the first of many during Obama's last two years, of that you can be sure."

It has already started with bullshit lawsuits because there are a bunch of whiney babies up on the hill not getting thier way and know that they ain't getting *shit done for two years ... actually a lame (duck) legislative branch. Obama doesn't even have to care...

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Keven E.

It's like watching a tennis match

"Hopefully the judicial branch will do it's job and quell the loud-mouths on capitol hill..."

Only because it's a partisan bench do they think it's their *job.

A number of Dems here aren't quite Dems, but the NeoCons still need 67 to override presidential vetos.

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Likes of Google to have undue influence in Brussels, say activists

Keven E.

Re: Letting companies sue governments for lost profits

"If shareholders were able to be sued directly, there would be no advantage to a corporate structure and you'd probably see the majority of today's public companies taken private in short order."

Now that they have (legitmized (sort of)) a "vote" with their money with the passing of "Citizens United"(sic) make 'em all private and responsible across the board. They asked for it. Perhaps it'll serve to trim down to size that overly exposed and imposed gambling institution over there on Wall St. Maybe they'll actually issue jail time for future crooks. It should also create alot of jobs for all those lawyers out there with nothing better to do. Perhaps another 50x(?) Attorneys general + sub staff positions. Just what the libertarians want. <burp>

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Keven E.

Blindly following

James 51 - Nice suggestions... especially the "no-tax haven" part.

Greed does not need any more help... especially financial institutions that don't add *real value. Eventually everything and anything can be pointed to as a reason for failure... and what's to prevent claiming that since lack of growth is, in essence, a loss, it's a reason for a suit?

You EU'ns need to hold your ground, or you'll become a US State... without any representation. (Not that we don't already have a bunch of those)

BTW - The person who went through this post and down-voted everyone is a victim of the same kind of brainwashing that needs to be continually called out.

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Adobe and software pals haul Forever 21 to court over piracy allegations

Keven E.

If it talks like a pirate...

...or they were imaging PCs with the applications on. I've seen this in loads of places where they were not really what I'd call pirating...

So when the software phones home to get an update and checks to see if this is a registered, working license, the update engine sent out alerts because this was the same group of 100 licenses from the same IP bank the got the same patch 257 times.

Yarrrrr, matey! Blind fold 'em and make'm walk the plank!

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Hey, America. Canada's watchdog just slapped net neutrality rules on wireless internet

Keven E.

Re: How is this net neutrality?

"So Akamai and other CDNs or Net Edge Cache systems are evil?

"No! We didn't mean THAT!" "

Oh, Yes we did!

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'One day, YOU won't be able to SENSE the INTERNET,' vows Schmidt

Keven E.

Re: SHIoTE

"Aside from that the ability to apparently decide in microscopic detail what your buying preferences are will result in the perfect advertising campaign aimed at you personally."

Advertising will be useless because everyone'll have enough information from the IoT to always have only the best *version available and everyone will know what that is and buy only that. The end of materialism as we know it. Only form will matter. Functionality will cease to function.

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Obama makes net neutrality pledge in State of the Union

Keven E.

I've never met Obama

From his speech:

"Understand, you've got to earn it – you've got to keep your grades up and graduate on time."

It's what they do now...

I'm from Chicago, the west side.

Nobody said all teachers are great. (whatever that means)

From "No Child Left Behind" (not that I'm all impressed by this GOP inspired theory, which I consider similar to an accountant keeping an extra set of books just for the public)

"The act requires states to provide "highly qualified" teachers to all students. Each state sets its own standards for what counts as "highly qualified". Similarly, the act requires states to set "one high, challenging standard" for its students. Each state decides for itself what counts as "one high, challenging standard," but the curriculum standards must be applied to all students, rather than having different standards for students in different cities or other parts of the state."

Something tells me the rural Alabama standard is a bit different from city of LA..

45 states have already been give "Flexibility" waivers.

It's true. People are different. Everywhere.

Equality is in our constitution. In this case, it's specific to an access to education. Think of it as adding two years on to high school.

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Keven E.

I've never met Obama

"The existing education system cannot graduate even minimally competent people from city schools while lying about the results and needs a complete over haul but he wants to break something that works for the sole reason of "equality"."

Clearly not breaking something that "works" (good enough).

"Equality" is a pretty good "sole reason", as sole reasons go.

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"Maybe the continued media glorification of the hip hop THUG life will result in some nice crackhouse jobs for these new "graduates"."

Thinly veiled would be an understatement.

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Go Canada: Now ILLEGAL to auto-update software without 'consent'

Keven E.

Documenting change

Doesn't the term *upgrade (sort of) imply adding features... specifically with software? To me it's something beyond a patch collection. One expects it to do the same functions faster or more efficiently, perhaps more security hardened, but expanding functionality is part of an *upgrade, which is a new purchase... which generally includes a new licensing agreement negotiated for each new purchase.

Not that people don't go from Brandx.5 to Brandx.6 because they just want to feel/say they have the newest, and that they never do anything new with it, but.

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It sounds like each piece of software now needs to first make available for us a program which will provide us with documentation of the consent we give to install it, and separate documentation for every installation of any and all new/additional programs/features in the future. That oughta provide a coupla two-tree coders a gig for a while...

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And... what about the profitability of those telecommunications service providers, the lack of which certainly presents an identifiable threat to the availability (at all) of its network. Did Canada sign onto the TTIP?

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Keven E.

Bug repair

In the original license agreement section 34, paragraph 3, line 7, it states that you knowingly install this software with "bugs", which you agree we will fix for you (when we get around to it, of course). By "fix" we mean insert code that copies all of your contact information and database and drops off a copy by phoning home, the location of which we reserve the future right to change by "fixing a previously unknown bug".

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Hollywood vs hackers: Vulture cracks Tinseltown keyboard cornballs

Keven E.

Re: Oh come on, you missed the best one!!!

Well... if you haven't seen this yet...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6C_HjWr3Nk

... you wouldn't know the password if "jeff".

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FBI fingering Norks for Sony hack: The TRUTH – by the NSA's spyboss

Keven E.

Identity crisis

...every individual around the world to have ONE and ONLY ONE id on the internets, ...

It's not too much to record, but perhaps track. It's not like the internet is *naturally anonomizing. "Close enough" here is easy enough to (eventually) figure out by correlation of all that data/history that's being collected.

It sounds surprisingly similar <ahem> to the spawn of satan's push for "big data". So when the government does it in the guize of security, it sucks, but when corporations do it to try to sell you a set of tires for that car you just bought... well... ok, that sucks too.

... and all actions will be through a government sponsored proxy...

I have little doubt that this isn't already (basically) happening.... there are no reasonables to think otherwise. (have you ever done a tracert without some hop along the way not telling you *who it is?) Maybe not for idea control (whatever), but what's the functional difference between a copier/slurper and a log on a proxy other than the intent to announce itself?

<tin foil>

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Ex-Microsoft Bug Bounty dev forced to decrypt laptop for Paris airport official

Keven E.

Electronics "x-ray" table

Aren't there sophisticated enough "scanning" devices to see what electrical currents (even minute amounts) are active, so, therefore, booting a device all the way *electrically engages the hard drive, the video card, the motherboard, the nic/wifi interface, the screen... sufficiently exposing the % of the innards of a machine and all of the physical masses and pathways as electricity flows through it?

<tinfoil>

Not that that doesn't leave room for explosive stuff I suppose, but.

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US watchdog boss pencils in net neutrality February showdown – report

Keven E.

"Surely someone somewhere would have seized this opportunity a while back if it actually existed."

It truly does still exist, as "Condo associations" make deals with one company over another for wiring a building. There are only 2 co's available per neighborhood, per municipal "share the wealth" agreements, and you become a "one" or "the other" (of those two only) building. Some buildings won't let you mount dishes. There are 76 units in my building... I'll guess the cable company has one big pipe and one overtaxed router to serve allus. I'd bet most school dorms have the same offerings (limits).

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T-Mobile US CEO on wearables: 'Apple Watch is the tipping point'

Keven E.

Perhaps a strap on abacus

"...about a half a dozen posts..."? Hmmmm.

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"...the potential of this category..."

"...going from niche to mainstream..."

It's like the bullshit bingo game is rigged.

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Keven E.

Re: Second!!!!

I have to admit that as a child I really looked forward to the DickTracy TV watch...

http://techland.time.com/2013/02/11/dick-tracys-watch-the-most-indestructible-meme-in-tech-journalism/

... so a Skype type app on a watch might add enough value for me to get one, but I still ain't gonna like that "feeling of someone holding my wrist" all day long. I know people get used to it... I never could.

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Keven E.

Relax and enjoy the ride

Carrying a time piece strapped around your wrist so you so you can satisfy a need to know exactly what/where you and your relationship with it is at any given moment(sic) is really a borderline "unhealthy" obsession... not like whatever society you participate in hasn't trained you to think otherwise. Some people actually maintain a stockholm syndrome with *time.

Having fun yet?

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Keven E.

I keep forgetting...

... people have an ocd-like obsession with time.

"As for people wearing watches, yes that's still the majority of people." A quick survey around the office here (even if a limited sample on this day) show out of 20 only 4 are wearing (or do wear) wrist watches. Ages range from 25 to 65. Ages of the 4 wearing them are 28, 49, 55, 65.

"Don't judge the world using only your own frame of reference; it's too limiting."

Hello pot, meet kettle.

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It all starts with boredom, then moves into narcissism which then converts to masochism and eventually bondage scenarios... always looking for a new bling master to justify your relationship with the spawn of satan (marketing) and it's older brother the consumer-junkie.

I know... a simple <snicker> would've been enough, but what kind of fun would that be.

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Keven E.

Second!!!!

Who the fark wears a watch?

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Sony Pictures hit by 'fightback on filesharers' DDoS claims – report

Keven E.

Re: Nice artwork

Kinda reminds me of Al Jaffee.

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EU breaks 'legally binding' lobbying register promise

Keven E.

Re: Stop calling it lobbying

"But the bottom line is this: It's organised and legalised bribery."

Yes. Also, as I alluded to... prostitution.

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Keven E.

Stop calling it...

..."lobbying".

Is this word still left over from "when they used to do it in the lobby"? <snicker>

Come on over to our "house"... we'll do "it" there.

Can we get a registry of *houses to visit?

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HOLD IT! Last minute gifts for one's nerd minions

Keven E.

Re: Keurig

Yeah... just barely passable. Even still, the darkest roasts available only release so much flavor in the limited time the grounds in a Keurig are exposed to H20.

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Speaking of time, the Yoga3 battery life has a bit to be desired, even if I'd never recommend leaving home without the charger for any piece of kit.

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FCC hits pause on Comcast-TWC gobble AGAIN

Keven E.

Re: Unbelievable Corruption

Those who justify defining corporations as people so as to align with the statement "of the people, by the people and for the people.

Doesn't this fall into the category of RICO?

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Elasticsearch tells us all about its weighty Big Data tool

Keven E.

Laziness

"...how successful an ad campaign was; why a DBMS is running slowly; and even when did an ATM break down?"

No. Not "big" problems at all. All three are the solution looking for a problem to justify its existence. The first is/should be (defined) built into the campaign itself (oldest story in the capitalists book). The second is running *slowly (compared to whatever) because of the size of the useless data you are subjecting systems to... and the third is, well, a self defining pile of bullpuckets. Your ATM's suck (by design) if they aren't faster than and are relying on your average disgruntled user who ran out of pocket cash and will take the time to tweet about it.

Keep the "examples" coming tho. Love to hear what else you believe you have in *storage.

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Can't stop Home Depot-style card pwning, but suppliers will feel PCI regulation pain

Keven E.

There's something missing

"I can tell the sales staff not to write a customers credit card number down in a book, but they will still do it. I'm in no position to discipline them, or keep tabs on them all day to ensure they comply."

It sounds like your in charge enough to feel you should "tell them", but not enough to "discipline them"... yet you know that"they still do it"? Hmmmmm..... here's a helping hand policy to start with: "Three strikes and you're out." If you are "in charge" they must know they are risking your *situation (as well as their own).

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ICANN HACKED: Intruders poke around global DNS innards

Keven E.

"Well, 'cracker' is a racial epithet in the US, that's why the press avoids it."

As in a "whip cracker"? So... blacks using it is calling white people "slave owners"? It's been quite a while since the literal reality, but if it's a substitute for outright calling them "racists", sad to say, but there's a good chance they are accurate. I'm with Khaptain.

What's a "colt"? <wink>

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Google must free us from 'invisible web of our personal data' – DPA

Keven E.

Human data?

I can't wait to hear the story that (all) three major credit reporting agency's have been hacked and all human, private data is no longer.

... that should tank the big data market. <snicker>

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Keven E.

Actually...

Yes. The print is too small.....and, MS came to mind immediately as I read (clearly *they aren't alone)

Default values should not be "opt in". How about 15million a month until you provide us with a working "opt out" page?

Free service, my arse.

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Creating more harmony around end user computing

Keven E.

Re: End user computing is like retail

"without this we are losing sales"

BULLHOCKEY!

More specifically... and I have the logs to prove it... let's take a look at the percentage of personal content that you use work email for... some data that doesn't involve your "opinion".

So, after review, the answer is "with that, you waste our time and resources on the internet+personal emails during work hours, and you certainly don't (almost never) connect in and do work after hours to balance things out". Your *need to be plugged in 24 hours a day doesn't have anything to do with supporting your work ethic.

You're fired and so is your so-called supervisor.

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.Bank hires Symantec to check credentials

Keven E.

unfreakingbelievable

"....and a check that the registrant is not on any blacklists."

It's like crime fighting on the late 60's TV Batman.

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MEPs want 'unbiased search', whatever that is – they're not sure either

Keven E.

Creativity rules!

Paid for gets *unbiased -vs- unpaid for receives *biased. Some kinda business plan must be allowed for... this *seems to work... kinda.... for half of us... probably... maybe not...

How about a mandatory3... no, 4... no.... 5 word search/fields... then just deliver the results in custom order (eg. sort by a number of different "whatever you choose" guidelines) which can be changed every time and/or follow a default value set for your browser/user combo. Then you only have (well more of) yourself to blame about the results. Actually... that should be available now just to see how consistent the current results are.

Aren't they already following "trending" (so-to-speak) and having pre-compiled search results delivered... even if just to speed things up and ease up concurrent processing requests? (disregarding issues with how it was compiled in the first place). You can't expect them to do everything and offer it *free... can you?

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