* Posts by D@v3

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Neat but narky at times: Pebble Time colour e-paper watch

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Re: Loving the simplicity versus rivals

I've had my PebbleTime since mid June, and generally, I'm very happy with it. Having owned and used (for a reasonable amount of time) both the original Pebble and Steel, I feel I have a good basis for comparison.

With the screen, I feel that it is still glanceable, which for a watch, is important. The thing I have noticed is that because it is a colour screen, I am inclined to use more intricate watch faces, which in turn does make it slightly more difficult to see the time, at a glance.

Just this morning, i have received an OTA firmware update, which has addressed at least one of my complaints (they had removed the 'dismiss all' function for notifications, this is now back) and also at least one from from the review (you can now change font size) you can also change the intensity and duration of the backlight, yes, this will (may) impact battery life.

Having had mine for a month, I haven't noticed any dust build up, or scratches. I have not been overly 'precious' with it.

Battery life seems to be about the same, will vary depending on how many notifications you get, what kind of watch face you use and many other things, I currently have "30%" and will probably charge it on Sunday morning before I go out. One improvement with the power management I have noticed is that when the battery reaches "0%" the watch will automatically switch into low power mode, a very basic watch face, no notifications, and no access to the menus, I have yet to work out just how long it will stay at "0%" but it is several hours (I always get bored of waiting for it cut out and charge it).

I have not seen the sloth, on my calendar, if I have no events, I always have the approximate weather and the sunrise / set times.

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Re: I see the usefulness, but not at full price

The screen on my first gen pebble (from Kickstarter) failed after about 6 months, it was 'tearing', some of the image was being left behind on transitions, so you would end up with parts of several 'pages' being shown at the same time.

I filed a support call with Pebble, and a new watch arrived 6 weeks later. Have had no problems with that one since, that was what seems like a long time ago, easily a year, maybe even two.

I realise that you don't have that option, but it does seem to be a problem with some of the earlier builds. (I got a pebble Steel, no problems with that.)

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UK.gov makes total pig's ear of attempt to legalise home CD ripping

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Re: Compensation for what?

While I don't agree with any of this nonsense, and do in fact agree with you, I can see it from the following point of view....

If you have brought a CD, you have purchased a copy of that music to listen to on that CD. If you wanted to listen to it in a more convenient manner, then maybe you should have brought it in a more convenient format, for example a digital download. If you want to listen to the CD and listen to it in a more convenient manner, then pay for both.

As I said, I don't necessarily agree with this, but I can see the point.

Personally I take the approach as mentioned by someone else. I buy a CD so that I have an archive version of the music that I listen to, so that *when* something happens to my digital version, I can recover it, without having to rely on which ever shop I purchased it from still being around to let me download another copy.

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Scammers going after iOS as fake crash reports hit UK

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like Literally Actually, actually.

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Marshall wants to turn your phone UP TO ELEVEN

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Re: strange phone holding

I saw someone the other day holding their phone in normal, up against the side of their head style. Nothing strange there I hear you say. Thing was, as I walked past them it was clear that the phone was in speaker-phone mode.

What seems really strange to me is the number of people I see, walking (on their own) down the street, having a conversation with a phone held in front of their face, in speaker-phone mode, so the whole world can hear both sides of their conversation. My only conclusion is that they somehow accidentally turned it on once, and haven't been able to switch it off.

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WINGED VELOCIRAPTOR 'from HELL': Closest thing ever to a real DRAGON?

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Re: But could it breathe fire?

Dragons are like Ninjas.

They still exist, they are just very good at hiding, and if you ever do see one, you probably wont have time to tell anyone about it.

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Account at HSBC? BAD LUCK, no iPhone bonk-banking for you

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Joke

Air 2

Looking forward to rummaging around in my bag so that I can pay with my iPad, can't be any dafter than using the damn thing as a camera , no?

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HP won't ship PCs with Windows 10 preinstalled until mid-August

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chalk and cheese

Microsoft are preparing a global advertising campaign in the works and is planning "celebrations" at retailers.

We are preparing a statement for our users saying if you chose to update your home PC and it breaks, we are not responsible for fixing it.

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Mathematician: SUNSPOT DROUGHT will mean mini ICE AGE from 2030

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@ LucreLout

As far as I was aware, any deaths were attributed to the earthquake and or tsunami, and not the power plant.

I could of course be wrong (wouldn't be the first time, sure as hell won't be the last)

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@codejunky

I am tempted to sign up again, just so I can give you another up vote.

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On yer bike: Hammerhead satnav for cyclists – just don't look down

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Re: not looking like a tourist

I have found that as I am often already listening to music if I am walking around a city on my own, then having the appropriate app set up so that every now and again, I get in my earphone "in 50ft turn left down this road" is quite helpful for making me look like I know where I'm going.

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WATCH OUT! Amazon hauled back to court in Special Ops wristjob ding-dong

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Re: I cant see the issue here - nonsense!

I think the problem here is that Amazon are not saying, 'sorry, we have no Rolex, how about this nice Omega.'

When being asked for said Rolex, they are just bringing out a tray of Omegas, keeping quiet, and hoping the shopper doesn't notice.

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Apple fanbois to be empowered to bonk each other

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Re: Meanwhile...

That's what Air Drop is for, right?

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Wanna go all Gandalf – YOU SHALL NOT PASS – on Windows 10?

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another solution

if you are a business, chances are you are running the Enterprise version of whichever windows you currently have (for example we are on Win7 Enterprise).

If that is the case, there is no 'free upgrade' for Enterprise users, only for 'consumer' version users.

Job done.

I can understand that some (very) small business might be running 7Pro in which case they might have problems, but they are *probably* small enough for it to be easy to manage.

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Apple Music: First three months for free? We lasted less than 3 hours

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i listen to quite a lot of music

radio in the morning, music or podcasts in car on way to work, radio at work, more in car on way home, and then usually the radio when I get in.

I have no problem paying for new music, but in the last few years most of what I have heard on the radio has seemed, average... (despite listening to a variety of stations)

I don't have a massive amount of stored music, but what I do have is on a (now discontinued) iPod, so that when I go anywhere, I can take it with me.

The idea of paying more in a year than I ever have (or am ever likely to) on new physical music for a service that I can only use while in range of the internet, so not while I am driving through foreign countries, on aeroplanes or ferries (times when I am likely to want music). For a service that if I wanted to use while out and about in this country (out of range of wifi) I would be paying for again in data costs. For a service that is either a glorified radio (which I currently get courtesy of the Beeb) or that I have to search for something that I know I want to listen to, (which will probably be something I already have, if I like it enough to want to listen to it).

Just doesn't appeal.

I have signed up for the three month free trial, and have made sure that auto-renew is switched off. I am willing to give it the benefit of the doubt, but so far, other than a quick look when I signed up, I haven't been back since.

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Giant FLYING SPACE ROCKS could KILL US ALL, warns Brian May

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population density

To those (much earlier) posters saying that humans have been on the earth for (x) number of years and in that time we have been hit by (y) number of asteroids. Do take in to account for nearly all of those (x) years, the human population was a miniscule fraction of what it is today, and how many of these (y) asteroids have hit the planet in the last 200 years?

Lets say (approximately) that in the last 6000 years the global population went from 10mil to 1bn, and then in the last 150 years, it has gone to over 7bn. These people all have to go somewhere and this is usually either into places they weren't before, (meaning more targets for asteroids) or into the same places but more densely than before (meaning more devastating targets for same asteroids) and in some cases, both, (so new massive targets).

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BOFH: Don't go changing on Friday evenings, I don't wanna work that hard

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No changes (or other important work) on Friday

Fridays are for fixing the things that broke on Thursday (and then getting out early to the pub).

You do not risk breaking anything on Friday

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Mum fails to nuke killer spider nest from orbit

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Burn them....

Burn them with fire

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But ... but iOS 9 could BLOCK my Ad-Block, dev squeals

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Re: i think i might have missed something

thanks for the info

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i think i might have missed something

As far as I am aware, there is no current mechanism on iOS to block ads in Safari. (Or that there are extensions in Safari at all, regardless of platform)

So the statement

"the feature could kill popular advertising blockers" which (at least to me) implies that people might stop using "popular advertising blockers" to use the Apple version instead, can not be accurate, as there are no "popular advertising blockers" on iOS (or Safari), at this time.

You can't take business away from someone, if they have no business to start with.

If there are 'popular advertising blockers' on iOS, could someone kindly point me towards one, as it would be quite nice to have. I have used our friend google, and only got links to this story (both here and elsewhere)

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Voyager 2 'stopped' last week, and not just for maintenance

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Re: Eddy

Considering it already is (and the occasional Lizard), I would say the chance of continuing to do so is pretty high

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Spy: Acres of comedy talent make this smart spook spoof an instant classic

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Re: Saw it last night

you just do snapchat (or get a teenager to do it)

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Smartwatch biz Pebble says smartwatch biz Apple won't approve its new app – surprise

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Same old Apple

I wish i could say i was suprised to see this happen again. Apple did this with the first Pebble app, but it did get through eventually.

At the time it seemed to me to be a case of Apple demonstrating that they had the power to halt the progress of Pebble, and that was before Apple even had a stake in the smartwatch game.

Hopefully this is just Apple, again, proving that it is their yard, they get to chose who plays and that if they wanted to, they could shut Pebble down (on iOS at least), but they're not going to, because they have nothing to fear.

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Will Apple reveal a $10-a-month Spotify rival next week? Yeah, yeah, probably

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Re: Spotify removed from App store

Like they removed the Kindle, Nook and other assorted eBook apps when they added Books to the core OS?

Or all the various photo viewing / sharing apps. Or messaging apps? Or mapping / directions apps?

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City of birth? Why password questions are a terrible idea

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ISIHAC

Still going, with Jack Dee in the chair, and (surprisingly?) still quite good

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You can't put a price on LOVE, says Apple after court's Samsung payout slash

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Re: "sit on a mountaintop naked"

"we've got our best man on it"

(monkey dust)

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Roku 3: Probably the best streaming player on the market ... for now, at least

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amazon prime in UK

if I'm correct (might not be) this is more due to someone else (sky) paying roku uk NOT to include / allow Amazon prime.

Amazon video used to be available, but i think it stopped around the time that the NowTV (sky catch up) box (a re badged Roku) was released.

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Lightbulbs of the future will come with wireless extenders and speakers

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i like your thinking

Because not many rooms have 5.1 light fittings....

Seriously though, if you had some desk lamps scattered around, it could work, or if you have a 'conventional' 5.1 set up, and you could add a couple of ceiling lamps to make it 7.1.

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Next-gen Freeview telly won't be another disruptive 4Ker

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Re: HD channels

Mine were up in the 100's until i spent 5 mins with the remote using the menu on the tv to swap the HD ones for the non-HD ones.

Swapping channels (creating your own channel list) is something that all freeview tv's i have had for some time, have been able to do. Great for getting rid of all the crap 'low' channels (itv, itv2, bbc3), and bringing in the ones you want from further down the list (5usa, cbs action).

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Self-STOPPING cars are A Good Thing, say motor safety bods

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Re: A step in the right direction

"halve road deaths overnight by banning anyone under 25 from the roads"

the problem with this is, how many under 25 accidents are because the driver is young and reckless, and how many are because the driver is new and inexperienced?

Changing the age limit might help with the first, but is unlikely to affect the second.

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SOD TABLETS, if you want to get anything done travelling get a ... yes, a LAPTOP

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Re: How to pack...

depends on the airline. in some, 1 carry on is 1! carry on (no laptop bags, umbrellas, motorcycle helmets, handbags). Others, it is 1+personal item.

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Rodent rescue reckoned as remedy for cursor crisis cruelling BYOD

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Re: From the article

"Complicating matters further, the iPad doesn't support mice."

Agreed on the keyboards though, i have one of the logitech ones, doubles as a case, brilliant.

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Apple MacBook 2015: Twelve inches of slim and shiny fanboi joy

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Re: drop the keyboard...

*cough* iPad *cough*

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Apple Watch fanbois suffer PAINFUL RASH after sweaty wristjob action

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Re: Anyone want to take a trip Outside the Asylum?

A digital watch no less.

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Apple Watch HATES tattoos: Inky pink sinks rinky-dink sensor

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Re: my body is a temple

I leave the shoes on the outside and fill it with fine foods and elixirs

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Avengers: Age of Ultron – blisteringly big banter, brawls and brio

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Re: Can i bring my 5 year-old?

It's a 12A, so technically yes, but I don't think it is really suitable for that age, if it was, it would be a PG.

http://www.bbfc.co.uk/releases/avengers-age-ultron-2015

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SUPERVOLCANIC MAGMA reservoir BUBBLING under Yellowstone Park

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Re: anyway to speed it up?

maybe chuck a couple of tons of TNT in it?

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Industry infighting means mobile users face long delays on UK trains

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RE: mobile signal on tube

no thanks

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High on bath salts, alleged Norse god attempts tree love

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Re: @Jake

you are correct, "the taking of human life is not funny".

In this case however, no life was taken, and it was funny

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Lib Dem manifesto: Spook slapdown, ban on teen-repelling Mosquitos

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Re: British politics in a nutshell

http://www.votenone.org.uk/protest_votes_count.html

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Re: New Political Party...?

http://www.votenone.org.uk/protest_votes_count.html

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Google's new scribble-tab-ulous handwriting interface for Android

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+1 specifically for

"ease of use and immediacy of a nice pocket sketchbook and a favourite drawing pen."

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Easy ... easy ... Aw CRAP! SpaceX rocket ALMOST lands on ocean hoverbase

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Re: Magnets

If I remember correctly, high temperatures can have an unpleasant effect on magnets.

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Segway bought by former patent spat adversary Ninebot

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segway

I remember the first time i saw one, it was bombing through town (late in the evening) i was quite impressed.

I also remember the second time i saw one in the wild, i was almost knocked down by some 'person' doing about 15mph down a pavement barely wide enough for a single pedestrian, i was far from impressed.

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Selfie sticks BANNED by Apple: No hipster tools' tools allowed at WWDC

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could this be a clue as to the next apple harware release?

The iStick?

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Dev gives HBO free math tips to nail Game of Thrones pirate leakers

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Re: Here's an Idea...

That sounds dangerously like common sense sir.

We'll have none of that round here, thank you very much!

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Fancy a wristjob from Tim Cook? TOUGH LUCK, you CAN'T HAVE ONE

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Re: I suppose @eSeM

i dunno, the 5-8 days i get out of mine is ok (for me at least)

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ALIENS ARE COMING: Chief NASA boffin in shock warning

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definitive evidence of something, and contact with it, are not the same thing.

Just saying.

Other than that, best of luck to them.

I personally believe that if there is anything out there (which i'm pretty sure there must be) then it wont be too long before we find it, even if we never actually make any kind of 'contact' with it due to the inconvenient distances involved.

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Apple swears that NO FANBOI will queue for its new gumble

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can't see this working

so what's going to happen?

A few weeks before the next launch (iPhone7 maybe) a small queue starts to form.

Friendly iStaff comes out and explains to them the joys of staying at home and ordering online.

Person who somehow can afford to be in line for an iThing without needing to do anything so tedious as go to work for a couple of weeks explains to the friendly iStaff that they are well aware of the online ordering, but would much rather be the 'first' person to get one.

Stays put.

Queue develops behind them.

Repeat with each new addition (to either the queue, or the iPortfolio)

The thing is, i can kind of understand from Apples point of view that they don't like having to turn people away on the afternoon of a launch due to low stock levels as a result of a crowd of oiks picking them all up as soon as the shop opens. I just can't see this tactic working, short of the iStaff going out to the queue and flat out saying, "we will not have any stock for you" which kind of defeats the point of having a shop in the first place.

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It's the FALKLANDS SYNDROME! Fukushima MELTDOWN to cause '10,000 Chernobyls' in South Atlantic

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Luminous Tampons

Worryingly, I actually saw that story elsewhere a couple of days ago, and in fact, if you look at the time stamp for the reg article..... (31 Mar 2015 at 16:56)

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