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Football legend Gary Lineker in TWITTER POO TROLL SCANDAL

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The Streisand effect

The first time I heard about Lineker pooing himself was in an article about how he wants people to stop talking about it.

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Goog says patch⁵⁰ your Chrome

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The sooner Netflix goes to HTML5 instead of Silverlight, the better.

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Six of the best gaming keyboard and mouse combos

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Re: Functionality remains poor

I play a lot of FPS games, but I don't think I've ever pressed Q to advance. I'm not even sure what that means. Must be from a game I haven't played, but doesn't sound like something vital to FPS games. But I don't even press Q with my middle finger. That would be awkward. Do you also press E with your middle finger?

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Re: Hmmm

I've always used a standard black Logitech keyboard with no frills. It might not be mechanical but the keys feel nice and firm and you always know if you've pressed them (not like some laptop or thin keyboards) and it is built to last. Had my current one for nearly ten years and it probably cost me under £5. I am curious about mechanical keyboards, and might eventually invest.

In terms of mice I find many gaming ones are just trying too hard. They're too heavy or too bulky or not particularly ergonomic. So long as it has a few extra buttons and scroll wheel and is fairly accurate, then it does the job. All of the gaming mice posted here look monstrous. I wonder if they're more about parting fools with their money in a similar vein to sports cars, rather than about actual usability.

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Kickstarter unplugs iFind miracle battery-free locator

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NOT A SCAM!!!

We thank you for your support of iFind and support Kickstarter’s decision to suspend the campaign. Not in any way because of the fact that we are a scam. WE ARE NOT!!

Is it me or does this make it sound more like a scam. Looks like something I would read in a spam email.

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Facebook gobbles WhatsApp for SIXTEEN BILLION DOLLARS

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I really hope Facebook won't try to link WhatsApp with Facebook accounts or interfere with my privacy or force me to link my phone number to my Facebook account.

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MPAA spots a Google Glass guy in cinema, calls HOMELAND SECURITY

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It's only a matter of time before wearable cameras become commonplace and even undetectable, like in Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror. The MPAA etc. will need to adapt. The idea that a recording is worth something will only be eroded as time goes by.

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Firefox reveals new look: rounded rectangles

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Re: No combined search/URL

There is a combined search/URL bar, although I'm not sure if it's disabled by default. But I've been searching in the location bar in Firefox for years (as well as using it for history). My only complaint is that if you put 1 word in, Firefox seems to do a DNS lookup for about a second before doing a search. If you put more than one word this doesn't happen. On the other hand, Firefox works well if you are developing using custom domains in your hosts file, whereas Chrome assumes it's a search if it doesn't end in a real TLD, which can get annoying.

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HTC phone STOPS BULLET, saves Florida gas station clerk's life

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Lucky it wasn't an S3.

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Alarming tales: What goes on INSIDE Reg hack's hi-tech bedroom

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Why do you have to sleep in the same bed? Have sex in one bed, sure, but you don't have to sleep in the same one. It can be very good for marriages not to sleep in the same bed.

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Canadian family gives up modern tech to live like it's 1986

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I bet they still consume modern day American fast food. They would do far better to cut that out rather than cutting out the gadgets.

Amazing that they were born in 1986. They look about 10 years older than that.

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Transdimensional rift appears above Australian bolt supplier

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I for one welcome our new tooled-up lizard overlords.

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Our week with Soylent: Don't chuck out your vintage food quite yet

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Re: Organic?

I make my own peanut butter at home, and let me assure you there is a need [for sugar]

I eat peanut butter without any added sugar and it tastes fine to me. I wouldn't want it to be overly sweet (equally I think mixing it with jam would be horrible). But each to his own. Some people think tea cannot be drunk without sugar in it, whereas I find it far too sweet (again).

anyone who believes food shouldn't have any salt added needs to learn to taste properly

Anyone who thinks salt needs to be added to everything needs to learn to taste properly. Salt levels are something you get used to. If you add salt to everything, then everything will taste bland without it. I don't add salt to my food and if anything my tastes are more sensitive as a result. I get more than enough salt in my diet already.

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Re: Organic?

I've tried the peanut butter which only has "peanuts" on the ingredients list, but it's much harder to spread (found myself tearing the bread up it was so hard) and the oil separates after a while and needs stirring back in.

There's no need for added salt or sugar but I don't think there's anything wrong with a tiny amount of vegetable oil just to make it spread easier and not separate. The peanuts contain their own natural oils anyway, there is no need to be afraid of 1% vegetable oil added to it. I get more vegetable oil than that from my own cooking.

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Washout 2012 summer, melty Greenland 'nothing to do with Arctic ice or warm oceans'

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Re: Our opinion is that we don't have an opinion

"We don't know enough to say" is a more useful scientific result than claiming to know something in spite of evidence to the contrary and proven theories that suggest otherwise, or fitting the evidence to fit what you want it to show. It just means you do more research until you can explain it. It doesn't mean "oh, let's give up, we'll never know".

If you really want to know what the weather and climate is doing; go outside for five minutes and have a look.

You are confusing weather and climate. Going outside and looking for five minutes will tell you virtually nothing about climate or climate change or the theories about climate.

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Chewbacca held up by TSA stormtroopers for having light sabre

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Wait, is 'Mrauuun' supposed to be a phonetic transcription of the sounds wookiees make?

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The IT Crowd returns to Channel 4 for a final episode

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Re: So glad these are still live!

http://www.ladyproblems.org.uk/

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Official: Sky to buy O2 and BE's home broadband product in £200m deal

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Re: Oh bollocks

Same here. I've had no usage limits, no slowdowns, just fast, reliable internet, and it's cheap because I have my mobile with them. I suspect the first thing to change after Sky takes over will be the price going up, shortly followed by terrible slowdowns in the evenings. I've had Sky before and between 6pm and midnight it was sometimes like dial up.

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Keyboard, you're not my type

Roby

I like proper keyboards, with big keys that you can tell when you've pressed them. They last ages and I find them easier (although maybe I'm just used to them). I don't like laptop keyboards or ultra thin keys, and I've often found them to be questionable (sometimes requiring a firm press to get a response).

I don't beat my keyboards into submission because since I am quite young I never used a typewriter. My fingers fly over the keys pushing them just enough to get a response, but I still like the traditional basic Dell or Logitech black keyboard with large keys where you can really feel you have pushed the key. My dad learnt to type on a typewriter and he murders keyboards and claims he cannot relearn to stop hitting the keys so hard.

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Clarkson: 'I WILL find and KILL the spammers who hacked me'

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Has nobody seen Taken? His Tweet is a joke reference to Liam Neeson's character.

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Reg readers scuffle over the ultimate cuppa

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Unhappy

Re: "You sick, sick man," responded one shaken reader.

I tried cofftea once. Never again.

My logic was that I like coffee and I like tea, so together it must be awesome. Actually it's a case of two rights making a wrong.

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Someone at work gave me the wrong mug and I had a colleague's tea with sugar in it. It made me want to die. How can people drink that?

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Opera joins Google/Apple in-crowd with shift to WebKit and Chromium

Roby

Shame

I think this is sad news. Not bad news - it's probably good news for the web - but it still upsets me to hear it for some reason.

I don't use Opera (apart from for a few months many years ago) but I liked it and I was happy that there were people who use it. Variety and competition is good. Even now when I use it to test websites I am amazed at how fast it is at loading pages.

I can foresee a future where every browser uses and contributes to the same open source rendering engine. It would certainly be convenient for web developers. I'm not sure if there would be negative consequences to such a future.

I hope Opera Software will still manage to keep going.

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Illicit phone rings in Sri Lankan inmate's back crack

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Re: Bit dim.

It must have turned on inside him. I can't believe anyone could be so stupid to leave a phone on when you put it up your bum.

Also I wonder if he had the charger up there. On the X-ray it looks like just the phone and some headphones, so surely you'd conserve the power while smuggling it in.

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Curiosity photographs mysterious metal object on Martian rock

Roby

Or

I reckon it will turn out to be a shiny rock that got especially polished by duststorms and then happened to catch the light in the right way. You can sometimes see things that look like metal on a beach when the sun is at certain points, but when you get closer it's just a rock. Or, tarmac can look like water in the distance on a hot day... I don't claim to know the specifics but it'll be something mundane.

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YouTube's hilarious cat videos could soon cost you $5 a month

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I wouldn't pay to see any of the things I normally watch on YouTube, i.e. short (sub 15 min) videos made by an amateur about a topic, or very short humorous clips, or music videos. I would pay to see actual American or British TV shows (e.g. Netflix kind of thing), but YouTube's current content is not worth anything to me. If they charged for it, I would stop watching it.

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Panasonic: We'll save Earth by turning CO2 INTO BOOZE

Roby

Re: If it is ~ same efficiency as plants..

If it is the same efficiency as plants.... why not just use plants? They look nicer and have other benefits for the environment and even mental health in humans.

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Ofcom: You like to make CALLS, yeah? Tell us what you want from mobiles

Roby

Data is by far the most important thing to me now (as I imagine it might be for most smartphone users). Most operators give me ridiculous amounts of minutes and texts that I don't ask for and never use and then a tiny amount of data.

I would happily pay less and get less calls/texts or even go back to PAYG so long as I can have a few GB of data. I know that's not the kind of freedom they would allow though. I'm sure I wouldn't be as profitable to them as I am when I have to pay for things I don't use.

A very similar situation to my home phone line that I pay monthly line rental for as well as a calls package - the cheapest one of course - just so I can have broadband. I never use the phone as a phone. In other countries of Europe you can just get broadband on the line and not pay for a phone.

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The Spherical Cow lands, spits out Anaconda

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GNOME 3

I really hate GNOME 3. It massively reduces productivity, and not because it's new and needs getting used to; it's because it's terribly designed. It seems like somebody did some research on good UI design and then did the opposite. I can't see how else you could get it so bad.

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Obama calls for study into games ‘n’ guns link

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Ignoring the massive elephant in the room then.

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O2 refuses to deny plans to offload home broadband product

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Re: Just left BE as they no public FTTC plans

I'm actually very pleased with my O2 home broadband. It's basically the same service as Be. It's been very fast and unthrottled and I get it at a massively reduced price on an offer since I have O2 mobile. I get a good speed and don't experience slowdowns. It's a shame (and a little suspicious) that they have no FTTC plans. I guess they will milk their broadband customers and then offload them, so they won't be investing in their infrastructure.

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Bringing Iron Man to life: Exoskeletons, armour and jet packs

Roby

I totally agree. Wars of the future will be fought by drones, either with their own AI or controlled remotely. There's no point in putting a human life in danger when a skilled operator can be safely in a bunker or nearby hidden armoured vehicle.

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Valve chief confirms Steam-centric console-killing PC

Roby

I love the keyboard and mouse

This could be good for the industry. So long as I can continue playing computer games on my PC using Steam, and they won't be more consolified (than they already are).

I can envisage a world where many vendors make "Steam boxes" running various Linux distros and with differing hardware at differing prices, opening up more choices, and the hardcore people still being allowed to play on their custom-built PCs.

Unfortunately I can also see a dystopian future in which Valve sees the console market as the most lucrative way to go and abandons the PC in a similar way to Microsoft after XBox or Epic. I'm sure that won't happen, but I still feel like an endangered breed being kept alive mainly by Steam and GOG.com, and anything that slightly threatens that worries me.

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Hero Playmonaut lost at sea as SPEARS ditches in Channel

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This has brought genuine tears to my eyes. I won't forget this brave sacrifice.

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Jubcropgate: El Reg in snake-fondling nude nipslip outrage

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Great, that's another monocle smashed.

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Dogs would say: SIZE is IMPORTANT, shape - not so much

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Re: I always wondered...

I'm pretty sure if a dog was chasing me while I was jogging then my reaction would be to run faster. Why would I stop and get mauled?

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Word wonks insist GIFs are really JIFs

Roby

I used to pronounce it with a hard G because I had only read it and I assume that's how an English speaker automatically would pronounce it unless specifically learned otherwise. Of course, there are words like "giraffe" but these are learned. I think the soft G exceptions are generally learned and for most people "gif" would mainly be read first, and they would default to the hard G.

However, over a decade ago I read that the creators wanted it to be "jiff" so I switched to that, much to the annoyance of nearly everyone I meet. I think using the hard G must be in the majority since anyone who hasn't read that it should be "jiff" would automatically pronounce it as "gif". Most people will have read the word first rather than hear the word first.

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Omnishambles beats off mummy-porn, becomes English word of 2012

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Why I think GIF hasn't died

I think the recent resurgence in GIF popularity is due to the increased connection speeds allowing animated GIFs of a few megabytes to load in a couple of seconds. It suddenly is possible to post them on image boards and blogs without people having to invest time waiting for it to load. If you don't have to wait then suddenly the stuff you are willing to check out increases.

I can recall being on a very slow connection a few years ago, where every click was carefully thought out because after a 2 min wait for a website to load, it better be worth seeing. Now I click all over the place, pages load instantly, and if I'm not interested I close it.

The lack of a viable alternative also helps keep the outdated GIF going. Even if an alternative IS made (MPNG/APNG?) browser support would lead the older format to persist for a long time (also known as the IE effect).

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El Reg mulls commentard icon portfolio shake-up

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Mushroom

It's the only way to be sure

How about a "nuke the entire site from orbit" icon? Could be used in situations of security flaws, webSITES that people don't like, or just generally when the poo has hit the fan or someone thinks there is no hope for a certain technology/company.

It would probably end up looking a lot like the "Eat this" icon though.

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Hacker sentenced to six years – WITH NO INTERNET

Roby

It was horrible

I recently went for 2.5 months without Internet at home (although I did have my smart phone). But it was astounding just how difficult it was to get anything done compared to only five years ago, and surprising just how reliant I'd become, particularly on Googling any stray thought.

But I found it difficult trying to find out information about government stuff (e.g. taxes), trying to sort my utilities out, booking appointments.

Arranging to get a phone line and a broadband connection installed was a bit of a catch-22. To find out any information to compare the prices and policies I basically needed to be online already. Even just finding out the phone numbers for anything. It's amazing just how disconnected and useless you feel without Google at your fingertips.

Of course, I did cope and didn't die without the Internet. In fact I found myself going to bed earlier. I did eventually sort everything, although some things proved more difficult than others (frequently being told to use their website or register with them online grrr). I think phone services in particular have become much worse because they expect you to use their online service. Most of them suggest that you use their online service as soon as you call before putting you in a queue for hours. I recall being in a similar situation only 6 years ago (moving house and having to set everything up) and it was nowhere near as difficult as I found it this time.

I expect the trend will continue. It makes sense because online services are generally better for the people who DO have an Internet connection and they are cheaper to provide. We will only become more connected. The Internet will be always available to us with smartphones allowing us to view any website exactly as it would look on a PC at any moment wherever we are. I wonder how far we are from glasses/contact lenses with Internet overlay.

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Cockatoo grabs his tool, manages to get hold of boffins' nuts

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Re: "Max Planck Institute in Germany"

You beat me to it.

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SMARTPHONES make TEENS have SEX with STRANGERS

Roby

Correlation does not imply causation

As someone else said, the ones with smartphones are probably more spoilt and allowed to do whatever they please and overall experienced worse parenting.

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Japanese toilet can save penalty kicks

Roby
WTF?

I'm so confused. What could possibly compel anyone to even come up with the idea for this, let alone follow through to completion.

I mean, it's actually quite brilliant. But utterly, utterly useless at the same time.

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Valve taps testers for Linux Steam

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I'M SO EXCITED

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Petition for Alan Turing on £10 note breaks 20,000 signatures

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I didn't realise there were different series. I was gonna say why on earth would you want to replace Darwin. As much as I love Turing and think it was terrible how he was treated, I love having Darwin on the £10 note. But if the £10 note is getting a routine redesign then yes to Turing! That would be awesome.

This kind of thing should not be decided by the public. The only thing most of the public know about is celebrities, as illustrated by the list:

"David Beckham, Richard Branson, Princess Diana, Terry Pratchett, Jonny Wilkinson, John Cleese and Terry Wogan"

It should be an historical figure of great significance, and something decided not by a public popularity contest in which morons (aka most of the population) can vote.

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On-demand streamed music services compared

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Re: Economics

I understand that they have to satisfy record labels and need to make a profit. My issue is not with either of those, it's with their implementation of it. I would be happy with more restrictions, more adverts, one play per <unit of time> or five plays per <bigger unit of time> or just about anything else than what they did. It's the locking out of a song FOREVER that that I just completely disagree with on principle.

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Can you really describe Spotify as free with ads if it has the excessive "5 plays of a track in your entire life" policy? If they made it per month, per year, or even per decade I could accept it, but since it never expires I just refuse to use it.

I was actually a paying customer, but I decided I didn't want to invest in creating playlists and letting it learn about my tastes if they introduced such a terrible policy to the free version. Who knows what other terrible ideas they might have in the future? And what if I ever had a month without paying - perhaps a month where I knew I wasn't going to use it as much. The knowledge of forever locking out a favourite song in the free version would cause me to be terrified of using the free one, which makes Spotify useless for occasional users who would probably be a good source of money over time and would be invested in your software meaning you would have a source of customers for advertising and who could potentially become full-time paying users. As it is, they've totally blocked that market out and made such users turn to piracy.

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Valve's Half-Life

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No offence

This is badly written, and I don't just mean the grammar mistakes. All of your articles seem like school homework pieces talking about what you did over the summer. They don't seem to have a point and lack any insight.

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