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Fed confirms but downplays Anonymous Super Bowl banker hack

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Re: Sad lack of hip-hop knowledge

yes, that's what they _want_ you to think

but it's cunning the way that the silver top of the microphone, round like an eye, sits in the middle of the pyramid shape

and lets not forget, Destiny's Child was originally 3 people, then Beyonce left, leaving 2 behind. and 2 plus 3 = 5

and what did this superbowl performance take place in? 2013. 2 0 1 3. or 2 + 1 = 3 or "the other two" plus "Beyonce" = "Destiny's Child"

there's no escaping the numerology of it, numbers do not lie.

time to face facts: the eschaton is about to be immanentized whether we like it or not

<fnord>

</another afternoon of consuming too much sugar to keep me awake until going home time/>

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NASA deep space probe sends back video of 'Comet of the Century'

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poor FX

that looks like a scene from the worst of cheap B-Movies from the 40s!!!!

surely NASA can do better than that, at least some kind of post-processing to clear up the noise on the images.

Or are they afraid that presenting a too-clean image will incite everyone to claim it's as fake as the moon landings?

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Re: I just hope...

Kevin Smith and his pool toy would be far more effective!

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Boffins find 17,425,170-digit prime number

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an i7 ?

When i was a young'un in the 80s my pa was working for Cray at the time they found the 32nd Mersenne prime.

That was a Cray 2 - the liquid cooled the size of a large fridge.

And now they're finding these exponentially larger numbers on core 2 duos and i7's like we have in our desktop machines.... which we use for reading email and playing farmville????

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Tracy brothers are back: Thunderbirds Are Go! again in 5... 4... 3...

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Re: I'm worried...

apparently tv execs are convinced that kids have no attention span.

this is probably because no one makes tv shows for kids that are any longer than 30 minutes so they're not used to the idea of paying attention to a developing plot.

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with any luck...

Fuzzbox will reform and re-release their sublime International Rescue single to go along with the show! :)

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Netflix tempts binge viewers with House of Cards pilot freebie

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Re: nice idea but..

Well then watch it on mobile phone or tablet or PS3 or Smart telly.

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Oh, Sony, you big tease: Mystery PlayStation reveal date set

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Re: Depends on the game

like i say, you're playing the wrong games then :)

(j/k i do love a bit of SSX)

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GTA5?

Is this the reason why the GTA5 release date slipped from Spring 2013 to September 17th 2013??

(i doubt it, i guess GTA5 just isn't as near finished as they'd hoped it to be, or they've their sights set on Xmas sales, or trying to avoid the media fallout from all the shootings in the US)

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Re: Will buy when

Is the Last Guardian still a concern? I was really really looking forward to playing that.... LAST YEAR :(

at the very least, i hope they bring out a 4K version of Shadow of the Colossus!

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really? does anyone use the d-pad these days to do more than just select items? if you're using it to walk or drive around, you're doing it wrong, or your playing the wrong games!

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Samsung's squillionaire supremo scuttles siblings' shares snatch

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fantastic!

it's only the first of February and we have a firm favourite for Best Alliterative Headline of 2013 !!!

well played!!!

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Apple still top for slab-fondlers despite FLOOD of Xmas tablets

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Re: Why the obsession with market share

because Anna has an axe to grind and market share is the only stat available that fits her agenda.

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Reg Hardware Awards 2012: The Winners...

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Re: Black Ops 2? Really?

Well, "awards" such as this are no more than popularity contests. Were the award based on the merits of the software itself, then there's no way that Dishonored would have come below a rail shooter like Black Ops2.

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Re: The Apple what?

I suspect it's more likely that 12,000 of the 17,000 respondents where all from Anna Leach hitting the submit button over and over and over and over while laughing maniacally and stroking a white cat....

#mayHaveHadTooMuchSugarThisMorning...

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TodDANG! Rampaging monkeys storm Indonesian village

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where's George Taylor when you need him?

"It's a mad house! A mad house!"

"Take your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape!"

"You Maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell!"

etc etc etc

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RIM blows on the dice, gets ready for its FINAL THROW

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Re: NFC Lock

Agreed.

NFC for phones seems to be like 3D for TV. Not really as useful for the general public as the manufacturers would like to think.

And in a few years, we'll all wonder what all the fuss was about.

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Yay for iOS 6.1, grey Wi-Fi iPhone bug is fix- AWW, SNAP

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Re: That really is a massive fail

but is it? is it REALLY?

Anna states that "One thread has 2,700 replies"

We'll be generous and allow that every reply is from a seperate affected person, no one posted more than once to comment on whether or not they had any success with different suggestions.

During the last quarter (i.e. since iOS6 has been preinstalled on all new iPhones) Apple sold 47.8 million iPhones

[citation]http://thenextweb.com/apple/2013/01/23/tim-cook-apple-has-sold-over-500m-ios-devices-at-a-rate-of-10-per-second-in-q1-2013[/citation]

So a quick bit of maths shows that at most only 0.005649% of iPhone iOS6 users are impacted by this and are so upset by it that they've found their to the Apple website forum to complain about it.

That's not really a massive fail, it's a 0.005649% of a fail, really.

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that was the last iPhone i bought

yep, that's probably very true.

but will it be the last one that you buy?

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Star Trek saviour JJ Abrams joins the dark side: Star Wars VII

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Re: Ughhh

@jb99

are you complaining about the time travelling aspect of the reboot? because, i seem to recall there was a TOS film where they came back to the 1980s and stole some fish, wasn't there?

also, you know that Abrams just directed it. he didn't write the script. if you have such a problem with the plot of the film then you should take that up with Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman

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Pope: Catholics, go forth and multiply... your Twitter followers

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Ricky Gervais...

...will have a field day with this on Twitter. He seems to really enjoy trolling the pope's account.

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Greenland ice SIMPLY WOULD NOT MELT in baking +8°C era 120k years ago

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Re: "so the models are evidently wrong"

it's 42

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UK way behind pack on broadband speed in Europe

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Words of wisdom from Swiss Toni

Providing fast access to the internet is very much like making love to a beautiful woman...

First, you've gotta get the lie of the land, map out the potential hot spots and make a mental note to pay them special attention later on. Then, you get your hardware out and make connection with the right sockets, and test everything is flowing in the right directions Once everything seems to be working fine, you open the doors and charge the man on the street a monthly fee to come and have a go.

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Wad of BlackBerry OS 10 pics 'leaks' from RIM's inner circle

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print to go?

does it let you view all these different documents then?

because, i suspect for most people, my printer is nearer to my computer than it is to my phone. even at work the effort required to print a document directly from my computer is far less than emailing it to my phone and then printing it from there.

but i can see where it would be useful if the blackberry would appear on the network as a printer device. and then you could print anything to it, and it'd store the "printed" item so that you can view it later while at the airport, or hotel check-in desk or something. kinda like the Passbook idea on iOS except they haven't made it too easy to set up your own passbook items in iOS. If PrintToGo works like that, it'd be very useful.

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iPhone hangs on in US, Japan, but EVERYONE ELSE bought an Android

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Re: OI! Random Fanboi!

@CharlieClark

i wasn't suggesting this was a problem for an existing Android user, i'm talking about switching from non-Android OS to Android.

i'm sure calendar, pictures, software, etc are painlessly sync'd for you, when you already have an Android device. My point is, i'm already within the Apple walled garden and happy with it, i've spent time and money over the past 5 years setting it all up and buying all the apps i want. all my home devices are Apple.

My point to El Presidente was that, if i suddenly switched to an HTC, it'd be a massive PITA to have to do all that over again because i have no existing Android apps or configuration. So, if he presents me with the option of replacing my iPhone 5 with either an HTC or an iPhone5s, OF COURSE i'm going to choose the iPhone5s because i'd be up and running in seconds. If i were to switch OS, it's gonna take time before i get the phone up to a comparable state as my current phone.

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Re: Apple and Android email problems?

PEBKAC?

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Re: OI! Random Fanboi!

iPhone 5s please

because, when i bring it home and unwrap it, all i need to do is punch in my icloud.com account name and password, and it'll sync up all my music, apps, ringtones, videos, podcasts, pictures, contacts, reminders, alarms, email accounts, safari bookmarks, etc, etc

if i get a android device, i'll have to set up most of that from scratch and buy all the apps all over again. and then have to find out how to get it to sync with all my media in iTunes

thnx - when can you deliver the 5s?

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UK stats

Some more detail that Anna left out, presumably to allow her to spin this story in her own way:

Samsung has held onto the number one spot in Britain, claiming 35% of smartphone sales, although Apple is now biting at its heels with 32%

So that's Samsung and Apple taking up 67% of the UK market.

Just over 6% belongs to Nokia, so that's a remaining 27% that's split up amongst all the other Android manufacturers.

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Review: Infiniti M35h hybrid sports saloon

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Re: meh

First, If you are spending 40k on a car then you cannot buy the BMW it's costs more you see.

First, if I'm splashing 40k on a brand new car, then I almost certainly have enough cash around to be able to stretch it to 45k. If 40k is all I've got to spare in the bank, then I'm not spending all of it on a new car. At the most, I'd buy a second hand car for much less to leave a few k in the bank for emergencies like the central heating packing up in the middle of Snow Week.

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meh

if i'm spending 40k on a car, i'd rather spend the extra 5k and get a beamer.

but in fact, i'd rather get the car 3 years later after it's depreciated a bit, and then i guess the cost difference between the two will be greater as i imagine the Infiniti will depreciate much faster than the beamer will.

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RIM's Heins beams: BB10 must walk the walk before we talk the talk

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Re: Scorched device policy...?

but can RIM actually afford to spend time and money on R&D of new Playbook hardware? they're best served focusing on the new phones and if those save the company, then maybe, maybe, they can return to the Playbook and try and put out hardware that appeals to more than a tiny proportion of the world. Also, margins on tablets at the price they'd have to pitch a new Playbook at are too small to be of use to RIM at this moment. So a scorched device policy would only result in even LESS people using Playbooks than there is currently.

But the phone will be different and they'll want to keep people buying new phones so that they can keep a healthy income stream.

The first new RIMs are likely to be successful, there's plenty of people that would like to try them, or are still using their old BBs and are dying for something modern. But it's getting people to keep on buying the hardware for the rest of the year and next year that might be tricky. And to encourage that, it's not inconceivable that some features of the OS upgrades will... encourage... a hardware upgrade as well.

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Happy birthday, Lisa: Apple's slow but heavy workhorse turns 30

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Re: I loved this bit

oh no, my entire life philosophy can be boiled down to that. once you accept the reality distortion field, life becomes so much simpler and just works

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Re: I loved this bit

i always maintained that if you needed a second mouse button to do something, then it wasn't worth doing it.

that was, of course, until Apple implemented a right-click action on their buttonless mice...

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This week's BBC MELTDOWN: Savile puppet haunts kids' TV

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setting a worrying precedent?

yes, it is perhaps poor taste, in light of the recent findings, but it's an episode made over 10 years ago. it's a tv show, aimed a small kids who, even 10 years ago, wouldn't have known who Jimmy Savile was, so at the time it could have only have been intended for the benefit of the parents watching the show.

what's next? do we need a Records of Department to eradicate any mention of Jimmy Savile from any tv show ever? should we have a Black List maintained to ensure Gary Glitter is never ever mentioned? or shall we be content which just giving such items an Emotional Content rating and leave it at that?

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Google's Larry Page: MY SECRET TO VAST WEALTH, SUCCESS

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smug + massively rich = not a nice combination

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US taxman joins UK politicoes on hunt for Amazon cash

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boycott!!!

Right, that's it!!

From now on I'm going to buy all my electricals from Comet... ah....

Well i'm going to get my music from HMV then.... oh....

Well damnit, at least i can get my DVDs from Blockbusters.....

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Obama calls for study into games ‘n’ guns link

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more scientific study about our members’ products. We welcome more evidence-based research...

Because scientific study and evidence based research has such a great track record with American's, doesn't it? Afterall, it put those Intelligent Design people in their place.... oh wait...

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Former CEO John Sculley: Apple must adapt or die

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FAIL

>"widely criticized for lacking the technical background to understand what made Apple's products tick"

So has this changed in the last 20 years and he's suddenly the know it all of the tech industry? Or does he still not have a clue?

I'd think that being best known as the idiot that almost ran the company into the ground, that the only advice to take from this interview is to do the exact opposite of whatever he suggests

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NRA: Video games kill people, not guns. And here's our video game

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Re: What irks me about their argument

I just wonder what it'll actually take for culture to change

I doubt the culture is capable of change.

This happens over and over again and each time, there's outrage and shock and horror for a short while, and then they get distracted by something else and forget about it until the next atrocity is committed.

America, as a culture, just seems to accept that the cost of having their lax gun laws is that every now and again, a school full of kids or teenagers has to be wiped out. And the powers that be in America seem to be perfectly happy with that concept.

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RIM adds 15,000 new BlackBerry 10 apps in one weekend

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do they vet the developers?

Wasn't there a story last week about Android devs discovering that someone else had already ported their 'droid app to BB without their knowledge?

Are RIM checking that the devs submitting these ported apps are the real ownsers of the Android versions?

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White House rejects Death Star petition: '$850qn too pricey'

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Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good robot-with-a-laser-on-Mars at your side, kid!

Just how many Bothans died to bring us this information?

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Unbelievably vast quasar cluster forces universe-sized rethink

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That Einstein, eh? Always making assumptions to cut corners and avoid the hard work.

Well you know what they about assumptions? it makes an ass out of you and... and... mptions?

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Apple rubbishes rumours of iPhone for the masses

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Re: I'm no expert, but...

it is informative for opinions

but you're ignoring a vast array of other contributing factors.

if all the phones had the same features and cost the same price and were on the same networks, then, yes, you could say that more people prefer Android. But you need to know the numbers for a statement like that. If 90% of the Android devices sold are sub £200 phones or provided free on contract, then you're statement should be "more people with limited or no disposable income prefer the Android OS"

you can only make sweeping generalisations if all the items you are comparing are on the same level

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Forget 3D: 13,000 UK homes still watch TV in black and white

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Ted Lowe

"and for those of you who are watching in black and white, the pink is next to the green."

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Time has already run out for smart watches

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Watches are already on the decline

seen as an extension of the user’s personality

this is funny - the majority of the people i know stopped wearing watches over the past 10 years or so. these days, with a decent phone in your pocket, there's no need.

In fact, the only reason i wear a watch now is because it's a 6gen iPod Nano and i listen to podcasts on it.

Yes, the big expensive shiny shiny watches are seen more as jewellery and a reflection of the wearer, but I can see smart watches unlocking the market of people who stopped wearing watches because they've no need of a time telling device when their phone will do that, and instead people who want a lightweight, convenient interface to the phone in their pocket, of which time telling is just a minor, mostly unused function... in the same way that the phone function of a smart phone is likely it's least used feature.

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Reg Hardware Awards Best of 2012: VOTING NOW OPEN

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Re: Voting site seems to be broken...

Just an FYI - they've got people working on it.

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Maj. Eaton: We have top men working on it now.

Indiana: Who?

Maj. Eaton: Top... men.

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Re: Voting site seems to be broken...

Same here, can't enter in any votes.

Not a problem, the background picture of win8 laptops was scaring the bejeezuz out of me anyway.

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Sony PS3 extends lead over Microsoft's Xbox 360 by a cool million

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Re: downloads

For sure, it's not great on a 30mb or 50mb connection either. But surely 1mb connections are the minority of gamers these days, so for you there's still the physical product, which costs twice the price of the digital download. So you either pay more, and play as soon as you get home from shops or amazon deliver it, or you buy it digitally and leave it downloading in the background for several days.

At the moment, you can get Hitman for 18 quid in the supermarket (and probably later cash it in at Game for $5+) for pay £44 for a digital download. That doesn't make any economical sense to me at all.

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Re: Santa

Could mean that pre-next-gen titles such as GTA5 will be on 1 BR instead of swapping between several DVDs.

You should play MGS4 - there's a rahter funny bit in it that harkens back to the disc swapping in MGS1 on the PSX.

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downloads

I don't know why there aren't more games available as direct downloads. Surely this will be addressed with the next gens.

I know the prices are currently prohibitive, which explains why people aren't downloading them, but surely it makes sense to the game developers and publishers to try to sell the games direct via digital download? Especially on consoles where it should be easy to lock the download to the users account, negating piracy fears.

Then all they need to do is drop the price. At the moment it is greedy, charging full RRP for a digital version when the digital version has none of the associated costs on a physical product. AND the user can't then sell on the game to the 2nd-hand market, which is a primary problem for the games publishers as they only get the money from the first sale and see nothing from all the subsequent 2nd-hand sales. If they dropped the price of the digital versions to nearer the 2nd-hand market prices, they'd get their share of all those sales and kill the 2nd-hand market at the same time.

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