* Posts by Greg J Preece

2322 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Unreal: Epic’s would-be Doom... er... Quake killer

Greg J Preece

but it was Parallax's space-sim Descent and iD's Quake that took it to the next level: out went the sprites and in came characters and enemies all modelled in 3D - although, certainly in Quake's case, at the cost of a limited colour palette and a limited lighting model*.

iD and its lead coder John Carmack set the bar for first-person shooters.

And again we're going to ignore Future Shock? The game that came out before Quake, but had 3D enemy models, was the first game with mouse-look, featured driving and flying levels, had a better storyline, had better atmosphere, had huge (for the time) free-roaming levels encouraging exploration, etc, etc.

Incredible game, that never gets appreciated, so I'm always hearing how an inferior game released later "set the bar".

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Linux 3.11 to be known as 'Linux for Workgroups'

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Most notably, AMD has contributed more than 150 patches that improve support for Radeon graphics cards, including support for new hardware and for dynamic power management in the open source driver.

Can't wait for this! Nice to see AMD continuing to improve their Linux support after the release of Steam on the platform. The cards are still woefully underpowered when running under Linux, compared to Windows.

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Oh please, PLEASE bring back Xbox One's hated DRM - say Xbox loyalists

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A solid percentage of the moans would have evaporated if the announcement of the XBO was identical in every way but with "..games will now only be £24.99 as a result of these changes"

Ahahahahahahahaha, no. Which Microsoft, EA, Ubisoft are you thinking of? Last I checked, games on the online console stores were usually way more expensive at launch, not cheaper. Far Cry and FIFA were 60 quid at launch, and 35-45 in the stores.

If you honestly think they would have reduced prices like that, when you would have no other way of sourcing the games, you're naive.

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Is there really any reason at all that they couldn't have simply done both? Other than spite for being forced to remove their anti-consumer bullshit?

You want a Steam-like online market, you can have that without restricting disc usage. That's what PC does...

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Texas teen jailed for four months over sarcastic Facebook comment

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Re: Texas ADULT who posted threats about killing school children can't make bail

They weren't threats, you dipshit.

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Re: Freedom of Speech

...is not here to protect each and every stupidity uttered.

Aaaaaaactually, it is. Popular or "harmless" opinions don't require protection.

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Totally on the kid's side here. El Reg didn't replicate his emphasis either. He was clearly speaking in that Internet dialect known as HURR DURR. You would need to be utterly ignorant of so many things to not realise that what he said was a joke. Another atrocious oppression from a fear-mongering government.

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US public hate Snowden - but sexpot spy Anna Chapman LOVES him

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The American public is turning against NSA leaker Edward Snowden, with increasing numbers of people now believing he was wrong to reveal details of secret US government surveillance, a survey has found.

I do wonder, has the almost non-stop propaganda the government has levelled at him had anything to do with that?

You know, because they spent far more time attacking the person who pointed out their massively illegal activities, rather than - I dunno - doing something about their massively illegal activities.

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15 MILLION dodgy login attempts spaffed all over Nintendo loyalists

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This is ridiculous. How do you not spot a month-long brute force attack on a system like that? How do the first wave of breaches not give the game away?

Good thing I already cashed in my excessive number of club points on that rather fetching Link/Epona statue. :-D

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INVASION of the UNDEAD ANDROIDS: Hackers can pwn 'nearly all' devices

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Is it me, or does the Android logo, when given horns, look a lot like one of the imps from Zero Punctuation?

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Ubisoft admits major hacking breach, advises password change

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Re: What they say and what they do.

Well the consoles in question are still in pre-order, but...

http://www.ibtimes.com/ps4-vs-xbox-one-nearly-80-percent-gamers-would-still-prefer-ps4-if-it-cost-500-according-poll-photo

http://www.dailygame.net/features/ps4-pre-orders-dropping-hard-at-amazon-except-one

Apparently the PS4 was outselling the 180 at a 2:1 ratio, until Microsoft reversed their DRM bullshit. Now Microsoft sales are on the up again and we might have an actual fight on our hands. I have far less venom for the console now than I did, I'll admit, but it's still more money for less grunt, and I can't forget that they tried this crap, even if it failed.

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Firefox OS mobilises HTML5, without the added Steve Jobs

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I've been looking forward to this for ages. Missed both Geeksphone releases (I tried, damn it!) but I've heard good things about them. Being someone who doesn't like the app-for-app's-sake approach, this is right up my street.

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Chinese 'nauts return to Earth after vigorous space coupling

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Re: You came in that thing?

Basically the same as one of the USA's, but without all the paint?

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Galaxy S4 way faster than iPhone 5: Which?

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Re: Faster phone ?

The Toyota Aygo is fast enough for day-to-day use, but would you really go for that over a nice Fiat 500 Abarth?

Yes? Not least because a 500 Abarth is the equivalent of tattooing "cockend" across your forehead.

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Re: "fast enough"

Now I had to finally abandon my 3G earlier in the year , as the storefront was removed of all IOS4 compatible apps. It is not possible to upgrade the Iphone 3G.

Woah, woah, what? I wasn't aware of that! That's some forced-upgrade bullshit if I ever heard it!

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Stock dips as fanbois complain of dodgy Wi-Fi on MacBook Air

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Re: Apple seems to have had a history on this.

Putting a computer into a metal case might be a good excuse to slap a premium onto the retail price but it can't be very beneficial for wifi reception.

No, but it does allow you to keep using your unbelievably shit cooling methods that don't put any unsightly vents into the body - just dump heat into the casing! ;-)

http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/01/30

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I just went and took a look at the Apple stock history. They've lost nearly half the value of the company since October? To be honest, I think that's a clear indication of how much of their value is based on hype and advertising. With the demise of the Dear Leader, and then their continued failure to actually bring anything new & interesting to the table, people are starting to admit that maybe the iPhone wasn't as awesome as they made it out to be.

If you're a tech company that ties all your value to your image, and the fashion changes, you're knackered.

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Had 2 Mac laptops, a Macbook and a Pro, and both have shitty wireless connectivity. At the office, it's simply unusable, unless you like dropping and reconnecting all your SSH sessions every five minutes. Worst part is, it doesn't matter what OS I run; it still sucks.

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Pussy galore: Bubble-bath webcam spy outrage

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Re: All this controversy about Google Glass

The amount of times cats have tried to follow me into the bathroom is unbelieavable.

Tried? Mine wander in all the time. When I lived on my own, they figured out that it was a perfect time to pester me for attention; captive audience and all that.

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The future of cinema and TV: It’s game over for the hi-res hype

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Re: used to play Quake and UT all night?

Talking of old, blocky things, and iD software, who round here remembers being impressed by Doom back in '93? And in fact being genuinely scared whilst playing it?

I genuinely thought it was rubbish. I never liked Doom, at all.

Now Heretic, on the other hand...

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We've already seen things where technically the better solution is generally rejected, even as recent as the Xbox One digital sharing feature that, amongst others, was dropped.

....and then turned out to apparently not be nearly as nice as MS made it out to be. But I'm sure their glorified demo mode was worth it for all the inconveniences it brought.

No-one rejected digital sharing. They rejected the excessive bullshit the console heaped on the consumer, and when they did, MS threw a tantrum and took digital sharing away as punishment. There is literally no reason at all why they couldn't have both.

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Telly psychics fail to foresee £12k fine for peddling nonsense

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I can't honestly believe that I'm defending the Daily Mail, but is it really wrong to call a fraud a fraud?

Why do we let these charlatans continue?

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Re: Hilarious

Religious believer in psychics, are we?

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Can Microsoft's U-turn stop the Xbox 360 becoming another XP?

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Re: Its all about games

I know the view will be that the companies will just make more profit. Maybe but I think the market will regulate itself. I have only so much to spend, currently I will pay £40 for one of the big budget games knowing I will sell or trade it 6 weeks later for £20, overall it will have cost £20. Now instead of getting it day 1, I might wait for a couple of months until it is has dropped to £20. Or even better with more of the revenue stream coming to them it will get released at £20 or £25 quid. Just look at stream and WoW on the PC. I bought CIV 5 Gold edition on Stream last week for less than a £10. That is alot of game for not much money.

You're ignoring the gigantic issue with that argument: Steam has competition on PC. When they didn't, the discounts didn't happen as often and weren't nearly as deep. These days, I must have accounts on at least a dozen different stores. There are game blogs and entire websites dedicated to comparing game prices for the system, and finding me the best deal.

On PS3/Xbox/Wii, you have one store, and nowhere else to go. You buy the games at the price they set, or piss off. There's no incentive whatsoever for the store to lower prices, so they won't. The DLC for Burnout Paradise, for example, has *never* come down in price, despite that game being pretty old at this point. New games are coming out on PSN 20-30 quid more than the stores are selling them for, and you think they'll reduce prices? I think not.

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Re: Noticeable lack of Nintendo

Nintendo concentrate on what they always have done, making incredibly fun games with their established IPs and occasionally trying something different (which if successful becomes another franchise). They haven't played the "most powerful console" game since the N64 lost to the PS1.

The problem is really more to do with the "hardcore" gamers who just can't bring them selves to play something as cute looking as Mario even if it's a double-hard bastard in terms of actually gameplay.

Nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnope.

Nintendo keep re-hashing their established IPs and alienating anyone who doesn't like playing the same thing over and over. I owned every single Nintendo console up until the Wii U, and if it ever bothers to get a library, I'll eventually get one because I go where the games are. That said, I've had an increasing dislike of Ninty's approach since the Wii came out. It's a dreadful Gamecube mod, with terrible controllers, and the library of games is a cesspit at best. I bought one for the arcade ports, and beyond those I haven't seen the need to pick up and play anything else, except Mario Galaxy (because someone at Nintendo made a mistake and made a Mario game that was genuinely new and inventive).

Oh, incidentally, the newer SMB games are trash. Slower, clunkier, more boring versions of Super Mario World.

My PS3, on the other hand, continues to get love. And before you start on with your hardcore gamer stereotypes, I use it to play Okami (like Zelda, but about a thousand times superior), Tokyo Jungle, Child of Eden, Sly Cooper, etc. Sure, I also have Need For Speed installed, but that's the beauty of a system that doesn't identify with hipsters and the too-cool-for-school crowd; I can have both.

If I want to start up God of War and rip someone's testicles off, I can. But I can equally surf onto the store and download something like The Unfinished Swan, or Echochrome, or Rayman, or Ico, or Shadow of the Colossus, etc, etc, etc. Pretending that the other consoles do nothing but explosions and guns is fanboyism.

If being in the Nintendo camp means I have to be happy playing the same series of games again and again, then I'd rather hang out elsewhere, where I can get the full range of games, and play them on a console with superior controls and online services.

And my favourite platform for gaming? Still the PC, which I imagine will only get better now.

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Re: No.

So Fifa 14 isn't being released for the PS2 then? A brand new game on a 13 year old console which has a successor already released....

It certainly is. I happen to know one of the guys making it. I was as surprised as anyone else.

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Microsoft caves on Xbox One DRM and used-game controls

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Re: Yep knew it would happen.

a Geeksfone FirefoxOS.

They good? Still not managed to get hold of one myself.

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Hey fanboi, is that an EXPLODING BATTERY in your MacBook Pro?

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El Reg's constant whining and abuse of Apple customers, quite honestly sounds like envy to me.

Because they *never* slag off Microsoft, noooooooo...

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Out with a bang: The Last of Us lets PS3 exit with head held high

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Re: OK I will spell it out. @ AC 13:24

They are not 386 machines in any way shape or form.

He was talking about the PS4 and Xone - they're both x86 systems.

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Sony allows hacking of its unloved SmartWatch

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Re: Sony's hacker's guide

Someone mentioned Sony, some incredible wit mentioned rootkits.

Yep, that's on my El Reg drinking game. *Glug*

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Apple at WWDC: Sleek new iOS, death of the big cats, pint-sized Mac Pro

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Cool is what Apple do...

And work is what workstations do. The clue is in the name. The only Mac desktops I ever came close to liking were the big-ass towers, because when I'm doing work (on a workstation, of course) then I want a big ass workstation I can modify to my requirements as and when necessary. If my work changes in such a way that I need a new component, I shouldn't have to pay over the odds for a Mac-specific one and trail cables over my desk.

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Microsoft announces $499 price tag, new games for Xbox One

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Re: Personally

Reality of course is that the PS4 will descend into a mess of 'online passes' that you have to buy individually for each 2nd hand game you buy as is the case already with the Vita, but that's not their problem.

EA have announced recently that not only are they ditching that crap, but you'll be given free codes retroactively for games that had that crap. Hopefully others will follow suit.

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Eadon, come on. We know that's you. Your template is so obvious, I could write a Twat-o-Tron for it.

Actually....

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Re: XBox - is a Licence fee

The One is such a piece of DRM'd shit that Eadon doesn't even get downvoted for calling it crap.

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US chief spook: Look, we only want to spy on 6.66 BEELLLION of you

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Re: Quandry

He can't do whatever he wants just because he's the President

He could at least bloody try. He signed Executive Orders 13492 and 13493 in 2009, which was already late, and then let it slide. Sure, he faced opposition to close it, but that didn't mean that he had to order the re-instatement of military trials in 2011, or that he couldn't be fighting for it in the same way that he appeals to the people for support on gun controls and the like.

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Re: International Outrage

Why on Earth would the UK government be outraged about the US spying on its citizens when it gives them a fantastic method of getting the data and still being able to claim they didn't?

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Re: Quandry

It's depressing when even the leadership of the most powerful, most paranoid, most dangerous country on Earth is decided by fashion rather than sense. Apparently you can get away with lying, not fulfilling your promises, adding to the infringement of civil liberties you said you would protect, writing off citizenships to make your people easier to execute, invading and bombing countries at will, mass surveillance, etc when you're the "cool" guy who can skateboard across a stage.

And to think this country impeached a president just for lying about a shag.

I fully expect a story in the next week about how Obama moonwalked across the Lincoln memorial or something, to provide adequate distraction from what a scumbag he is.

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Amazon to deliver groceries in 20 markets by 2014

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Somehow i'm doubting you guys can pay $20 for a block of cheese. :-p

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Google accused of hypocrisy over Glass ban at shareholder shindig

Greg J Preece

So your not in the least bit concerned that a sex criminal might wear google glasses to record kids in a bathroom without them knowing it and then have the ability to store it, share it or do whatever else they like with it?

.....No. Because that is ridiculous. If you're going to record secret video of anything, why would you use something strapped to your face?

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YES, Xbox One DOES need internet, DOES restrict game trading

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Re: Offline

You mean Steam? 4 weeks no internet... forget playing your PC Steam games.

Don't believe he mentioned Steam, just PC. Or are you totally ignorant of the many other ways to get games on PC?

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Re: Always listening

Not really, to play the original version you'd typically need an emulator like dosbox. The reason doom still works is because it was open sourced and people have updated it to work on modern systems.

....Which you couldn't do on a console. What, you think Microsoft would let people make an Xbox version of DOSBox?

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Re: So?

People like you piss me off more than Microsoft. You're alright, so fuck everyone else, eh?

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Re: It's a pity

IMO the graphics on the Wii U are "good enough". As others have mentioned it's all about gameplay. There are some awesome titles on the Wii such as Xenoblade that are as good as anything on Xbox. Next-gen Xenoblade from Wii U likely to be shown at E3 soon.

Couldn't give a toss about the graphics, but the U has everything that annoyed me about the Wii: not enough good games, too much shovelware, too many gimmicks. The 'motes were annoying enough because they barely worked, and the tablet can just sod off.

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"Or I would log in on his system, wait several hours to download my game, and play there"

Depending on the game, sure, though the Playstation Store servers do tend to fare much better than other services I've used when it comes to download speed.

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Re: The new consoles are a hard sell

Half Life (released 2004)

1998, you mean. :-p HL2 was 2004.

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How are you white-knighting for this console so hard that you completely failed to register an obvious joke?

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So I'm wandering how long we'll be into the next faltering console generation before GabeN turns up to announce the Steam Box's release date.

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The main benefit of this is that your games can now follow you wherever you are.

Couldn't they do that before? I mean, I would pick up the game disc, and walk off with it, and play it at my friend's house. Or I would log in on his system, download my game, and play there. (Admittedly, we run PS3s.) What am I missing here?

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Obama weighs in on NSA surveillance imbroglio

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"They make a difference in our capacity to anticipate and prevent possible terrorist activity," Obama said, claiming that the surveillance is conducted "under very strict supervision by all three branches of government, and they do not involve listening to people's phone calls, do not involve reading the e-mails of US citizens and US residents."

Don't be ridiculous....that's what PRISM is for!

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Culture Sec: You - Google. Where's the off switch for all this filth?

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Re: Will somone think of the children!!

There needs to be some level of network based filtering. Or at least some form of mechanism to allow my kids to surf the web without inadvertantly straying into dodgy areas.

You know what that mechanism is? YOU. They're your fucking kids, so why don't you start acting like a parent? Why should my liberties be infringed to cater for sprogs you decided to have?

Tell you what: I've got a cat. She's small, fragile and generally not particularly well. If she goes outside, she might be at risk from the various cars on the street, so what we're going to do is put bubble wrap bumpers on every single car and make them drive at 2mph, with anything over a certain weight banned altogether. Sound appropriate?

I grew up through the '90s, when the Internet was wilder and my parents didn't know jack shit about it. I went wherever I wanted, but I did not "inadvertently stray" onto Usenet, or Undernet, or MUDs, or any far less reputable places I would hang out online. I went there because I was interested and it sounded like fun. You cannot accidentally wander from Disney.com to a child porn ring. It does not happen. I've been wandering around the net like that for years, doing whatever I want, and I have never once seen child pornography, extremist terrorist material*, etc. To find them, you must go looking for them. Global filtering will not do anything to stop that.

*Well, actually I did deliberately look some up once, but that just proves my point.

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