* Posts by Test Man

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Microsoft: This Windows 10 build has 'NO significant known issues'

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There was also a Powertoy for XP that would apparently make apps behave.... except in my experience it didn't and every version of Windows before and since has suffered this problem.

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Re: Search for Paint...

"Press Windows key, type "p", and Paint is the first entry in the list. The way it's been since Windows 7."

No, it's been that way since Vista.

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Sky bangs on Ofcom's door – demands BT competition probe

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Re: A possible solution?

Possibly because to match BT they'd have to throw more money than several multinationals would collectively have in order to duplicate the UK-wide network. Remember, BT only has the network it had because it was built up over decades by several companies. For one company to do that now would be prohibitive and also a collosal waste of money when there is already a UK-wide network in place - the government just needs to make it totally open to everyone.

And no Virgin Media isn't another example - they were a result of a merger that was a result of a ton of mergers between a ton of smaller companies that built up local cable networks. In other words Virgin Media didn't build a national network from scratch.

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Microsoft sez soz over Windows 10 'freebie' balls-up

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Re: Free for a year

The free year is just a purchase promotion, not an installation time limit.

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Employees love their IT departments (almost very nearly true)

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Re: Users now expect answers in real-time

It's e-mail. Doesn't matter how quick the network connection, any e-mail that can be measured in MBs is too big, as e-mail is generally too inefficient for sending binary. This will always be the case.

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It's 2015 and Microsoft has figured out anything can break Windows

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Re: Rewrite!

LOL another moronic Linux comment. Give it up, no matter how you spin it, Microsoft aren't going to give up Windows for Linux (whether that is ultimately good or not is not the point). Stop being a total utter wishful fanboy with stupid uninformed comments.

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Belgium trolls France with bonkers new commemorative coin

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It can be used anywhere. However, due to the fact that it isn't legal tender, it can be refused when presented to settle a debt.

Same with Scottish and Northern Ireland pound sterling notes - can be accepted as payment for a debt anywhere in the UK, but as it's not legal tender it can be refused.

Credit cards, debit cards, cheques and other non-cash methods of payment aren't strictly speaking legal tender (i.e. it's totally legal for the person who is owed the money to refuse it)

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Apple extends idiot-tax operation, makes devs pay to fix Safari snafus

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Re: Probably not

"And what else shall we use?"

Opera? There you go, a giant hole in your own argument.

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Competition risk? BT faces rigorous frisking over £12.5bn EE takeover bid

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Because BT will have a possibly detrimental effect when it becomes one of the largest. What BT have (or don't have) now has nothing to do with it, it's what it WILL have that is of concern.

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Obama issues HTTPS-only order to US Federal sysadmins

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Re: For the want of another IP ...

What does XP/IE8 have to do with the exhaustion on IPv4?

You DO know that IPv6 has nothing to do with OSes, and in fact even Windows 95 has IPv6 capability?

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Paper driving licence death day: DVLA website is still TITSUP

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Re: Another mess up with the DVLA paperless scheme....

"However with the old tax disc there was at least some proof that the vehicle had been taxed and the police could check that the tax disc reg plate matches the reg plate on the front of the vehicle, ok I suppose there was ways to fraud that too, but it was a lot more harder."

The police almost never bothered with looking at the tax disc, and hadn't for over a decade.

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Fanbois designing Windows 10 – where's it going to end?

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Re: So funny

"But for me the serious failings in Windows 10 (if they may be considered as such) are the loss of functions ... no Media Centre and no DVD player? Huh? Was Microsoft having a bad hair day or something?"

Clearly you must be smoking something. DVD playback was removed in Windows 8, but virtually no one missed it because the ones that did already had software that does it provided to them by the OEM, which has been the case since forever.

From a business point of view it made sense, because paying the MPEG-2 licence for every single copy of Windows was silly.

As for Media Center, it's hardly a serious failing, barely anyone used it.

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IT-savvy US congressmen to Feds: End your crypto-backdoor crusade

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Re: There's a simple way to explain it to them...

"They'll add, "If that were true, you can do it with physical keys, too. Why aren't we seeing a rash of break-ins into high-security sites courtesy of copied keys, hmm?" And any argument you put against it will be applied to the crypto argument. You need an argument that has no physical analogue."

I'd say physical keys are the same as digital keys - only one person has access to them. A physical master key or another way to open the door besides the key that came with it is the same as a digital back door - someone will discover it and use it.

The only way to be secure is to give no one the keys and have no backdoors.

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What sort of tit builds non-bird bird boxes? Vodafone

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Re: improving cell coverage

"Yes, improving cell coverage is a worthy calling, but at church? I see heads bowed down...over the 'phones"

Yeah, cos phones are the only device that needs wifi or mobile coverage... *facepalm*

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Windows 10 upgrade ADWARE forces its way on to Windows 7 and 8.1

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Re: DVD Playback

"That was the other thing. It worked in Win7, then they borked it in Win8 (you could restore it for a fee with WMC, which was overkill just for that one purpose) and now it's back to being made available at a future time as part of Win10."

No, it wasn't borked in Windows 8, the MPEG-2 codec was purposely removed, as virtually all OEMs include DVD-playback software that already included its own DVD playback codec so not many people actually used it with Windows Media Player. You could add it back as part of Windows Media Center, which made sense.

It's still not there in Windows 10, and it won't be coming back. However, if you had Windows Media Center, you'll still have DVD playback after WMC is removed.

In short, as with all versions of Windows 8 and 8.1, you'll need third-party software if you desperately need to play it. This is fine, as DVD playback with Windows Media Player was always naff.

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100s of Virgin Media customers hit by handset repair glitch, telco admits

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Re: I know I'll get downvoted but...

"They've been screwing my parents over for years but not letting them know they are on a crap, expensive service (been on them since the Telewest days)"

Why is it their responsibility? Surely your parents should be making sure that they are on the cheapest deal come renewal?

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Manchester car park lock hack leads to horn-blare hoo-ha

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"My old car developed a fault with its keyfob which caused the doors to lock followed by all the windows to open fully"

You sure this was down to the keyfob? IIRC VW Group cars (SEAT, Golfs, etc.) can do that by putting the key into the driver's side, and then turning and holding the key one way.

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A lot of cars have electronic boot locks now, that's just the way it's going. Mine has, which means that there's no key lock to lock it manually at all, even though the procedure to centrally lock the car is the same as the VW Golf that preceded it.

My sister-in-law had a Honda with an electronic boot lock too, but unfortunately it developed a problem where it didn't work at all so needed to be manually opened from the inside (by opening the back seats to get into the boot to be able to access the mechanical boot unlocker).

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

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Re: uhd? i dont want hd!

I wish that the Freeview spec mandated the use of automatic update of the channel list. I had an old box that did do that but no other box or TV owned since does this, so I have to retune every few months only when I hear that there is a new channel or a reorg. It's worse than the analogue days, I mean we're in the digital age so why do we still have to retune? Come on, Sky have solved this one even when it was still analogue!

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They said that there'll be a "roll-back" EPG so you'll actually be able to go back 7 days and watch shows that are available on catch-up.

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

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Re: Speed limit reduction

"Was that after the very-public double-Volvo crash tests of exactly this feature where they totalled all the cars involved in front of the world's press?

Brave guy."

Wasn't that Merc cars? And wasn't that down to the fact that the tech wasn't actually ready at the time so they relied on a hidden wooden board on the ground to indicate to the driver to brake but the suspension cushioned the wooden board "ramp" far too well so the driver didn't realise he had to brake and he plowed into the car in front?

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4K refresh sees Blu-ray climb to 100GB, again

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Re: Good enough

Blu-ray

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Re: DRM again........

"My father's primary form of entertainment is TV and film due to reduced mobility and eyesight (50 inch screen up-close helps with that). BD though is a huge problem - he recently purchased Interstellar and it would no-longer play on his HTPC as the Power DVD 10 BD edition required an upgrade..... out of support.... want another £50 of him to upgrade to Power DVD 14 BD. This happened previously with Power DVD 7 BD edition..."

This is not the fault of Blu-ray, rather the fault of PowerDVD. Buy a different software player that doesn't require you to pay for an upgrade.

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Why don't you rent your electronic wireless doorlock, asks man selling doorlocks

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Re: Rent a door lock?

"A lot of people already possess remote locks on hire-purchase - the locks on their cars." by your logic that could also apply to a house with a mortgage. So what's your point?

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Sorry, Windows 10 early adopters: Microsoft Edge WON'T block ads at launch

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Not sure what the problem is here. Seeing as we won't see Windows 10 on general availability till Q4 anyway, it's not a problem whatsoever.

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Round Two in Sky vs Skype trademark scrap goes to Murdoch's men

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Well there's been a few Sky businesses operating in Europe for years now (Sky Italia, Sky Deutschland, etc.). And they've been featured in movies (Sky News in Independence Day, for example). So I don't think it's a case of "no one knows who Sky is outside of the UK".

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Microsoft discontinues Media Center with Windows 10

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Re: so will they ship media codecs?

The Media Center for Windows 8 is the addon to buy if you want the media codecs, that was the point (to not include it but to make it available for people who want it, therefore only paying licence fees according to how many people actually opt for it). For most people, this actually didn't affect them considering most OEMs ship third-party DVD players anyway, which come with their own codecs.

In the article it says that there'll be a "DVD only" option. In other words, the current option will be stripped of the Media Center component but otherwise it'll be the exact same procedure as it is for Windows 8 and 8.1. Again for most people it's not going to be a problem anyway considering that again most OEMs ship third-party DVD players anyway.

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Windows 10 bombshell: Microsoft to KILL OFF Patch Tuesday

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Thank God we're getting rid of "Patch Tuesday". I remember how it was before and it was much better when updates were released as they were done.

I always thought that the excuse for "Patch Tuesday" (businesses like to have a date when they know patches are coming) was a bit weak, because they can and should be implementing their own patch schedule, and not stop others from getting the patches as soon as it's available if they want it.

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Boeing 787 software bug can shut down planes' generators IN FLIGHT

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Re: So...

"How often do planes operate, without shutting down, for more than eight months at a time?"

Think about it - when do you ever power down your car? Never. Switching the ignition to "0" isn't turning it off in the same way pressing the power button on your TV isn't actually turning it off either. The same with planes.

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This is Sparta? No - it's Microsoft Edge, Son of Internet Explorer

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Re: Close, but still no cigar

" Why can't MS do this?"

Why should they?

Windows 8.1 - you're getting a free upgrade to Windows 10

Windows 8 - why are you still on this when you get a free upgrade to 8.1? Also, see above.

Windows 7 - old, and Microsoft are clearly pushing 7 users to 8 and 10 anyway, this is yet another carrot. If you don't want to, fine, IE11 is perfectly fine, as well as the multitude of other browsers.

Windows Vista - LOL

Windows XP - double LOL

Windows 2000 - fool

Windows ME/98SE/98/95 - *pfffffffffftpppfpfpptptpppp!*

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Fondleslab deaths grounded ALL of American Airlines' 737s

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Re: Apple...

We know what you mean but technically speaking it wouldn't have been possible as 1. the apps wouldn't have been delivered from the App Store and 2. they didn't have wifi onboard so any deliberate "pulling" of apps would never have been possible.

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Apple to devs: Watch out, don't make the Watch into a, well, a watch

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Microsoft managed to kinda do that with their Windows 7 Starter Edition OS...

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TWO-FACED Facebook: Vid calls slapped into blabber app

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Who cares though when everyone is using Facebook Messenger? This is good news when all your friends are also on this app.

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Can't wait to bonk with Apple? Then try an Android phone

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Re: What I want from NFC phone payments

This is exactly the same as for every single payment in history ever, so I don't see why you're making out as if it's a negative. Obviously it's up to you to view the amount on the cash register display whether you're paying via cash, card, cheque, Apple Pay, whatever.

The whole point is to just pay in a near-instant, so you're not going to be able to have your phone display the amount on it at the time of "bonking" because by then it's too late, you've paid.

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Google it onna Google phone onna GOOGLE NETWORK. MVNO plan imminent

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Re: All change please!

Why would it need GPS? Google already knows where you are even with GPS off (from cell and wifi data).

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Android finally shows up for work, app in hand

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Something missing from the article is that the app is for Android 4.x only. Android 5.x has no need for the app because the support is already built-in.

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WHAT did GOOGLE do SO WRONG to get a slapping from the EU?

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"How can Google be said to control billions of desktops when the people involved can all switch search engines tomorrow if they wanted to."

I think you're missing the point. The billions of desktops don't know how or don't desire to switch engines tomorrow, that's the problem! I know someone who, instead of putting in company name and adding a .com to the end will fire up Google and put in company name in there, every single time. She doesn't know anything, because Google is the defacto and default search engine, hell, Google IS the internet. Therefore Google can promote ANYTHING and she will simply lap it up without querying it. This is potentially DANGEROUS.

What hope is there for others when Google has such a wide reach they can influence people at will to the total detriment of other companies?

"How can Analytics be said to have no competitors when anyone could write one tomorrow, or how about using Piwik or KISSmetrics or Clicky or Woopra or Open Web Analytics or FoxMetrics or ClickTale or Mint or GoingUp! or Crazy Egg or Mouseflow or Chartbeat or GoSquared or Moz Analytics or etc or etc or etc."

Have you actually tried to write a competitor site and then tried to actually get it promoted? When Google is the one controlling the views of billions of desktop, how do you think your company, who is a direct competitor, is actually going to fare regarding promotion when Google controls the view and, unchecked, will also stop you from being noticed at all?

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Android gets biometric voice unlocking

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"(although I think I need to know why my eldest son can unlock my phone and not my youngest!)"

:D

Ask your wife ;)

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A MILLION Chrome users' data was sent to ONE dodgy IP address

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Re: What amazes me...

Actually, it took a picture of the whole web page, including the bits that aren't visible in the browser (that needs scrolling to see).

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Re: Popular?

It doesn't replicate the Print Screen feature. It took a picture of the whole web page, including the bits that aren't visible in the browser (that needs scrolling to see).

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Turkey PM bans Twitter, YouTube as 'tools of terrorist propaganda'

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Re: Turkey holding hands with America.

So, nothing like the Americans then.

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Intel shows Google how to stick it real good

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Re: This should be compared to the Amazon FireTV Stick

"Doesn't the FireTV Stick compete with the Chromecast?"

Yes, so indeed not the same thing, as it's not a full computer.

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Microsoft's Project Spartan browser is HERE (unless you build apps or run VMs, that is)

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Re: Disappointing

"They know they broke VS and Hyper-V, but were willing to distribute it anyway. This does not inspire confidence in the quality or stability of the final product."

It's a beta. Obviously things may break. That's how they TEST things. Fool.

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BT gently returns to mobe biz with cheap SIM-only swoop

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Re: BT subsidiaries?

No, because PlusNet is PlusNet, not BT, obv.

Yes, PlusNet is owned by BT, but being owned by them doesn't suddenly mean they are BT.

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Google's 'encrypted-by-default' Android is NOT encrypting by default

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Re: I don't really like Apple/iOs

"I'd rather have that sensation than Google scanning through all my documents...<snip!>"

Shut up.

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EE 'best' of the UK mobile network bunch, but how good is that?

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Re: Yeah...

By that reckoning, nor is (central) London (using the EE network here is an AWFUL experience)

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Oi, Aussie sports fans! Take that selfie stick and stick it

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They were banned at the Emirates and White Hart Lane by Arse-enal and Spurs weeks ago, too. Thank God, because if you're too stupid to bring one in, instead of concentrating on the flaming match you paid for, then you deserve it confiscated.

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FORCE Apple to support BlackBerry hardware, demands John Chen

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Total utter idiot.

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Universal Pictures told off for scaring kids with nasty vid

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It's not hard. They should have just served up children's ads regardless of signed-in status full stop. No need to segment. Considering it was content "suitable for all" they should have simply erred on the side of caution.

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When algorithms ATTACK: Facebook sez soz for tacky 'Year in Review' FAIL

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Not sure what the problem is. It's customisable. So customise it.

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