* Posts by Hollerith 1

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That DRM support in Firefox you never asked for? It's here

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Re: Firefox is a prime example of why complexity needs FOSS

Yes, recently made the switch to Pale Moon and it is great. Tuck in the usual (Ghostery etc) and things are spiffing.

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Massive police 'heavy equipment' robot drags out suspect who hid inside television

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Re: Militarization of the police

Yep. When a few cops sitting around outside for a few days with a movement sensor while the guy inside got hungry and thirsty and finally emerged to go the to bathroom or the kitchen, then perhaps a fan blowing the tempting scents of a freshly-delivered pizza into his house, would have been just as effective and less expensive.

But they all want to go SWAT.

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Rand Paul: I'll filibuster the hell outta the Patriot Act, fellow Americans

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Except fictional...

How many filibusters were done to stop what we would now consider evil intentions? Why, as with Thurmond, are they so often run to stop something beneficial? I suppose hate powers you through those long hours.

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Re: And the nominees are...

Who among the Democrats, aside form Ms Clinton, are going to throw their hats into the ring?

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Re: Non-Americans can sort themselves out. Sorry.

If it weren't for that pesky bloody great fault that is the meeting-place of two tectonic plates, Iceland would be perfect!

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You say you want a musical revolution. Actually, have three

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Re: I hate rap and hip-hop

Oooo, I thought I was the only one to open up the old audio editor (WavePad, in my case) and cut offending bits. Not just the rap, if I don't like it, but what I consider really dumb bits in an otherwise brilliant song. For instance, the little 'recitative' (if I might call it that) towards the end of Garbage's 'Why do you love me', which suddenly stops the song, contradicts it completely, and isn't good. >snip< perfecto.

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FTC slaps orders on alleged diet pill spamvertising scam scum

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Re: Youlgreave

Presumably the 49% that is male.

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Pacific nation accidentally does good thing in web crackdown

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Re: Pacific Problems

Sadly, it seems that the universal condition of humanity is the drive to get as much as you can by any means, so power comes via corruption and we go on that merry loop forever. It doesn't matter what culture, what religion, what ways a people make their livings; there is always someone ready to crush them and take everything.

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Re: Everything You Need To Know About Nauru In A Nutshell. Errrr... make that Pie Crust.

The USA has just a leetle bit of ground to make up. It's already Number One for prisons-per-population.

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Re: Should we be depressed?

Yes, but as far as I recall, the Aboriginal peoples of Australia didn't initate the scheme, nor did they run it.

Though that would have been an interesting cultural experiment.

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Re: Should we be depressed?

Point very well made, G. Ham.

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Should we be depressed?

I find it sad that a nation's best financial future is to be a prison-camp for other nations. I used to think bending the knee to toursim and becoming a nation of bellhops was the most demeaning choice a small country could make, but now that's been beaten. And 'Christian nation' would surely be seeking to rehabilitate prisoners or alleviate their lot ("I was in prison and ye did vist me", from memory).

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

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Re: What ?

Last time I checked, lawyers don't start lawsuits. People hire them to fight a fight they are determined to have. If the parties keep throwing money at them, lawyers will keep doing their best to represent them.

It's too lazy to blame lawyers as if they were evil bastards. It's like blaming auditors.

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Ask the person on the Clapham omnibus?

Have they done any testing among the population to see if the contention 'this would confuse the plebs' is actually, y'know, confusing the plebs? Or are we such morons that the word 'Sky' or the picture of a cloud will have us hopelessly torn among choices and we would know not whither to turn?

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High school students' record-setting pulsar STUMPS BOFFINS

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Mentors/funders, anyone?

I hope some foundation or top-notch university (I'm looking at you, Caltech, Stanford, MIT etc etc) are going to grab these two students as soon as they throw their high-school mortarboards into the air and given them loads of dosh to be undergraduates in astrophysics -- or whatever other subject they'd care to master next.

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BATWINGED DINO-PIGEON causes FLAP in bone-boffinry circles

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Hoping soon to be in a conversation...

...where I can casually have "maniraptoran theropod" trip off my tongue.

Ladies, form an orderly queue...

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UK exam board wants kids to be able to Google answers

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Re: Surprised no-one's suggested this one yet

Or an educated entrepreneur could research the last five years-worth of questions, prepare model answers, and have them for sale during the exam. Students could pre-register (with parents' credit card) and be able to log in for the goodies, and the real test to see if Junior was smart enough to memorise daddy's credit card number of PayPal login so as to allow him to pay at point of exam.

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Why Box and not SharePoint? 'Everybody doesn't hate us' says Box engineering veep

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Sharepoint -- boo ya

I have turned down jobs because Sharepoint was waiting for me if I joined. When I see Sharepoint on the menu, I know there's a CIO who sees it as an easy win -- and who cares for the users of the dam' thing. 'It comes bundled' I actually heard a CIO say to me. £4m of development thrown down that black hole later, the CFO was unamused.

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Cheer up songwriters, there's shedloads of money rolling in

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It happened elsewhere

I worked for another agency doing the same sort of work, but not music. They paid the workers pitiful amounts, really shockingly little, but the 'officers' got into a turf war and started paying themselves more, buying hugely expensive office furniture, etc. The Board went along with it (I presume they got money, but don't have the information). We'd have recipients writing with gratitude for £70 or so, and I always wanted to write back to say 'if you saw the percentage of what they took in 'admin fees', you'd be writing a letter that flamed around the edges.' These CEOs etc only work in these sort of agencies because they can't really hack it in a commercial environment. They don't need to do anything important. But these agencies are monopolies and are a law unto themselves.

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The Walton kids are ABSURDLY wealthy – and you're benefitting

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Re: Problem?

Totally agree. Smaller charities turn themselves into pretzels to get funding and so kiss their starting principles and purpose goodbye. I saw it happen twice. Left twice. Big charities start seeking to be power-bases. Both Oxfam and WaterAid have decided to put at least a third of their energy (and money) into influencing and educating governments. That is, little in an African country's capital in an air-conditioned office spreading 'talking-money' around in the expectation that the dictator-in-chief* will find his heart touched and help poor people get help -- something these dictators have clearly never, ever been interested in. The charity now can get out of the field, where the work is hard and thankless, but where the local people get direct help, and get to 'walk the corridors of power'.

Every time I see a charity moving into the 'political influence' game, I stop donating to them. I am not interested in donating to a dictator's next swimming pool.

* I am using African countries as my example, as I am referring to Oxfam and WaterAid, who have a big focus there. But it could be anywhere, with any sort of corrupt government that exists.

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Re: brings about greater unhappiness in the general population,

Who is telling them to riot? Give us examples, dates, times. I can't think of the last time I saw Socialist Worker placards held by anyone.

BTW, sychophants are not agitators (or whatever you meant to say), they are suckers-up to people with power or money or both, so why would anyone suck up to unhappy people? What's in it for them? Or do you not know what the word means?

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ICANN urges US, Canada: Help us stop the 'predatory' monster we created ... dot-sucks!

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Re: Still trying to work out -- .london

The Evening Standard bought into the .london madness and tried to challenge us Londoners to wear our hearts on our domain names. Wonder how that worked out...

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Re: $185,000?

I will pay even more ffor .dickheads

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To defend offshore finance bods looting developing countries of their tax cash

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Re: nice one tim....

Adam Smith himself said that capitalism naturally ends in cartelism (I paraphrase wildly, as I can't lay my hand on his book at the moment).

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Re: jonathan keith Must be like Quantum Mechanics

Will, Mr Bryant, that was certainly both a rational argument and a fact-filled demotion of your enemies.

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Dot-com intimidation forces Indiana to undo hated anti-gay law

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Re: More gas please. My fire's going out...

Being gay myself, I have never felt that I was 'born this way'. I think we are shaped by a constellation of influence from the moment we are born, and by about, say, four or five, we have the personality and tastes and preferences we will carry through life. Studies of infant behaviour seem to show that newborns are sucking in a huge amount of data from the first second, and the complex mix of their own little personalities and the world around them keeps stirring around. Girls in pink...boys encouraged to act out...a parent yelling at the other...rewards for good behaviour as defined by a grandparent...it is all too complicated to parse, and from this maelstrom of input we become ourselves. I think our preference for being a certain type of person are set so early that it feels as if we were born with them, and they might well have been for all we can do to change them. 'Born that way' isn't a good basis for deciding whether something is unjustly being discriminating.

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Re: It's called freedom, folks

'More fruit' -- how awesomely not witty.

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Dino-boffins discover ancient, TOOTHY-CLAWED, four-eyed MONSTER LOBSTER

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Is it just me or...

...is the idea of claws with teeth in them a widely-held horror moment? And to think I hiked Marble Canyon as a young'un without realising that monsters lurked.

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HUGE Aussie asteroid impact sent TREMORS towards the EARTH'S CORE

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Re: Devonian? @ ~Spartacus

Pottery lasted forever. Forever. Admittedly in shards, but once a pot is made, the shards stay until the earth is no more. Go to any ancient site and you will see. I have walked the acres of Sarai (capitol of the Golden Horde), as an example, and the pottery shards on the surface are like a gravel drive. And that's just the loose stuff. There are Greek sites and Cathagenian sites with the same density, if they've not been dug up and built over.

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EU creative collection agencies want YouTube et al to pay their wages

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Re: Organised crime is in the wrong business

Having worked for one of these collection agencies once, I was paid so little (we all were) to keep the overheads down so that as much money as possible could be paid to our members. Some recipients would have been eating dogfood were it not for our quarterly payments to them. That particular agency had a period where the 'directors' were throwing moneya round, but their chain was soon yanked and everyone was back down to piddlingly small wages. A lot of did the work because we felt it was work worth doing. We liked the idea of creators getting continual reward for works that were still being used.

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Snowden dump details Canadian spies running false flag ops online

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Re: Don't wreck the budget there, Canada

As long as it does the job. We Canucks are frugal.

As for being just like our southern neighbours, "Pouvez-vous dire cela en français, eh, good buddy?"

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US threatened Berlin with intel blackout over Snowden asylum: report

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Re: Sir

I think 'throwing your toys out the the pram' means a stupid temper tantrum, and you don't really care about who or what it hurts.

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Big Data shocker: Over 6 million Americans have reached the age of 112

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Re: Or, just *maybe*

Yes, they are alive and standing in front of me in the shopping queue, each with six items at a five-items-or-less till.

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Mattel urged to scrap Wi-Fi mic Barbie after Register investigation

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Re: WHY??

Given that this is supposed to be a 'friend' to little girls, and they are who will be paying attention, I guess these little girls should ignore the voice and go for the breasts? Or did you not realise that some of the commentards you are addressing were female? But when I see quiptard posts such as this, I think 'another chap who has difficulties with the laydeez.'

A nice little ad hominem attack and I feel better!

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Indeed...

It's using the recordings for research purposes: voice recognition of and for children. A nice cheap way of getting data.

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Would YOU touch-type on this chunk-tastic keyboard?

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Um...BlackBerry?

I have a nifty little mobile with a great, small keyboard that fits in my pocket. Surely job is done? No, it thumb-type, not touch-type, but as I am a two-finger typist anyway, I am just as fast on my BlackBerry Classic.

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The secret of Warren Buffett's success at Berkshire Hathaway

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Re: What about other insurance companies?

They are> Insurance is a great way to make money. Some firms get too stuck in on insurance that is hard to make profitable -- car insurance was mentioned in the article - but B2B insurance is a great way to make the dosh.

Having worked for a huge insurance company, I can say that they get terribly complacent and waste mountansn of money on internal 'projects' and practices, because it's so easy to come buy and so easy to spend. I watched a few million $ walk out the door on mere changing of reporting lines within divisions. Also, teams not helping the bottom line (HR, Comms, etc) tend to blossom into toxic blooms, because money is practically lying on the ground waiting to be picked up, and there's a certain sort of leech who can sniff it out.

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UK Supreme Court waves through indiscriminate police surveillance

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What does 'unwanted' mean?

If I go over to the neighbours and ask politely for the tenth time if they can turn their music down, because they keep me and the rest of the street up all night every night, and the neighbours decide that my requests are unwanted and irritating and - hey - harassment, will I get a Protection from Harassment letter? Will I then be 'known to the police' because I complained about noise? Apparently I will.

This is where the preemptive cringe begins -- staying silent, not acting, not protesting, not drawing attention to oneself, for fear that attention will ultimately be harmful to having your own life.

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MENOPAUSAL KILLER WHALES are wise old birds, trick-cyclists claim

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Grandparents have evolved

Seems humans have grandparents to (1) pass on widsom on how to survive (2) help with child rearing, so that the young and fit, e.g. younger men and women, can gather and hunt. One of my grandfathers taught me how to fish, the other, to paint. One grandmother showed me how to scramble eggs, the other, how to do long division. I think we'd all agree that these are essential survival skills.

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Re: Short fuse, oh dear.

I say: go Sarah! It doesn't matter which side of the m-divide she's on.

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Canadian bloke refuses to hand over phone password, gets cuffed

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Re: CAN$25,000 (US$19,900)

Canada was a Dominion until the British North America Act was patriated to canada from the UK Parliament about 20 years ago. Although I think beaver pelts (with martin and coyote and bison and bear) would make an awesome currency. if bulky.

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'Hi, I'm from Microsoft and I am GOING TO KILL YOU'

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This has been a modest winner:

I have had a couple of these, as well as similar scam calls, and I always start 'Yes, I'd be glad of your assistance, but first I'd like to talk with you about my personal Saviour, Jesus.' So far I have never been speaking to a devoted Christian, so have not offended. If they don't hang up immediately, I can go on witnessing to my personal faith for an amazing length of time. At the end, I feel cleansed and renewed, so it's all good.

(I am a non-believer, so I can sound uber-sincere with an untroubled conscience.)

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Broadband routers: SOHOpeless and vendors don't care

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Re: an unknown ganghad ...

Yes, I noted that and thought 'a fun new unknown word to use coolly on chat threads!' and I also thought of adding -had' to many other words in order to describe deliberate, dedicated, unremitting effort, e.g. ''pizzahad' or 'beerhad'.

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Sick of Chrome vs Firefox? Check out these 3 NEW browsers

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Re: SeaMonkey: it just works....

I tried SeaMonkey for a while, but there were a few user-unfriendly things that finally drove me back (reluctantly) to FF. I didn't see why they couldn't make tabbing an easier thing to do. But I am interested in Pale Moon: sounds like what I have been looking for. I can't wait to ditch FF. I dread being pestered for an update, then having to fight it to stop doing all the things I hate. I do NOT like my browser (or anything else) to 'anticipate' for me what I might want to look at. Stop it. Stop it now.

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Inside GOV.UK: 'CHAOS' and 'NIGHTMARE' as trendy Cabinet Office wrecked govt websites

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Agree--new BBC is a heart-sinker

I had a gander at the new BC site and noticed, amonst many other stupidities, that you can no longer go down to a 'Technology' or 'Science' area and see those stories, but have to sift through the jumble of news to spot the little tags that say 'science'. So more work for the uder! I already hate the section 'The Explainers' -- could this be more condenscending?

The new move to a gigantic image at the top of the page, which forces you to scroll at once to find somehing to do, is sweeping the interent. Websites that are one long, long scrolling page, with sections you jump to when you use the menu, are another seriosu pain. I guess this is good for phones and tablets? I am a user-interface person, but from the old school, where the first question one asks is: who uses this site and how can it be made best for them? The pretty layout comes after.

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Violin-fiddling boffins learn that 'F-HOLES' are secret to Stradivarius' SUPERIOR sound

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Yo-Ya Ma's cello

Yo-Yo ma has a Strad cello and, while he says it is a prvilege and honour to own it, he doesn't regularly play it, because even Strads, restored and protected, have a life-span. Modern instruments are now as good or better than Strads, but it will take a few hundred years for these makes to earn the same reputation.

Strads Amatis etc are beautiful instruments to look at. I am always sad when I see one behind glass in a museum, but I do think their playing days are fading.

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Interstellar sci-fi WORMS its way into spinning black hole science FACT

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Re: I don't understand

Image looks comfortingly like a row of airplane windows. 'Look outside, Johhny, isn't that a pretty view?'

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Nunslinger, Yosemite For Dummies and Life Inside The Fall

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Re: Oh, that Yosemite

Yes, I thought 'Tips on how to view geysers! Rare creeks not to miss! Expert trails!'

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Jaguar F-Type: A beautiful British thoroughbred

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How wide is it?

If it is 'deceptively wide' then it is a narrow car, just as house that is 'deceptively small' means a house is large.

But a gorgeous-looking car. Please, oh goddess of the lottery, please.

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Show me the money, America! It's time to learn how to pronounce 'Xiaomi'

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Coat

Xiaomi...

...the money.

yes, that's my coat.

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