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France backs away from Hadopi

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@Bumpy Cat Re:"There are hundreds of cases......"

Indeed BC, that was precisely what I was aiming at. Indeed the figure on a global basis is probably in the thousands.

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Re: RE: "Actually, given......" Yet more thumbs down?

........we appear to have an entire convocation of rather touchy clergy on the thread today. My earlier postings strike a little to close to home perhaps?

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RE: "Actually, given......" A thumbs down?

Is that you Your Holiness?

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RE: "only a priest would not yield." Actually, given the record of priests regularly..........

............committing far worse offences than internet piracy I would imagine there is a torrent in every vestry.

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Curiosity needs OS upgrade before getting down to science

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Re: "Angry Birds has yet to be ported to it, however." Well I did here that the early stuff.........

..........coming via the data link shortly after it landed was a complaint that it had been promised an upgrade to ICS ages ago and still hadn't got it.

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Bargain-hunting Chinese make life tough for iOS devs

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Re: "Can't afford to buy apps but can afford to buy the phone"

"One reason is that a large amount of iOS devices in China are ‘jailbroken’, allowing users to download apps for free from alternative ‘app stores’."

Perhaps rather than "can't pay" it is more a question of "won't pay" or "I want to choose"? If the amount of jailbreaking is on the sort of scale hinted at by the article it is possible that the grey market resellers in China (a very significant part of iPhone sales in that country) are routinely offering this as a service to their customers*. If that is the case and the alternative apps are widely available (as implied in the article), then unless Apple can establish the kind of control/influence over its retail distribution in China that it enjoys in Europe and the US, it's app-store model may be under far greater threat in China than anyone (myself included) had so far realised.

*Or a veritable cottage industry of jailbreakers/rooters has arisen - whatever, the end result is the same.

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Woz: Cloud computing trend is 'horrendous'

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Re: "There are some uses for the "cloud"..." Within the type of limits you have........

.........referred to I agree. Within the private/domestic sphere I use it for syncing and (under certain circumstance) file transfers between locations. Actual main storage? Not a bleeding chance. They'll have to wrest my external hd/disc burner from my cold dead hands etc. etc.

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Microsoft opens app store for Office 2013

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RE:"We know our users spend an incredible amount of time using the Microsoft Office suite"

Memo to Public Relations Dept.

Do have a word with this chap concerning the way he expresses himself.

Sincerely

Steve.

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If Ultrabooks lasted longer, would YOU open your wallet?

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Re: "Not a PC" What? You are not suggesting that Apple will *copy* this are you?

And there I was thinking that they were purely innovative and revolutionary.

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Curiosity landing live from NASA's JPL: How the drama unfolded

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Re: Time to don the brown trousers......I have just now taken them off. This eagle has indeed

..........landed and their data link to the rover appears to be solid. Everything appears to be fine.

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".....no further course corrections are possible." Time to don the brown trousers..............

............though how I am going to manage that whilst keeping both my fingers and my toes tightly crossed I do not know. -:)

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Tablet tech is really a Psion of the times

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"That's what you get for £20" and what you get for..........

............being a tight git in the first place. -:P

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EA sues Zynga over ripping off Sims Social

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"Just copy what they do and do it until you get their numbers."

Hmm, what lovely people. Possible copyright theft to add to the possible insider trading scandal we saw here:

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2012/07/28/zynga_share_sales_investigation/

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RBS: June's tech enormo-cock-up cost us £125m

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RE: "unlikely to cost a meaningful amount" So the fix is an easy one then.......

.........if it's so cheap to fix, no? Correct my logic here if I have missed something but does that not rather imply that the glitch was rather straightforward/obvious and should have been detected before it did damage? Given that it was not, what does this say about what RBS have done to their IT support? The only conclusion I can draw is that RBS have qualified themselves to be awarded the prestigious title of "Knobheads of the Year" by public acclamation.

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Daily Mail group in screeching U-turn on parody tweet persecution

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@goldcd Re: ".........the many people forced to share a working life with him.........."

That is a bloody good point and I will admit had not occurred to me before I read your post. That the "imposter" is possibly/likely a colleague would certainly be frakking embarrassing if they had succeeded in revealing his identity. Indeed it may have been their own lawyers review of the case when they were assessing the likelihood of being able to make the "hacking" charges stick when it suddenly dawned on someone that they couldn't if the "guilty party" could gain this info by legal means. Not surprising that they performed a "screeching u-turn"!

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Oi, missile boffins! Stop ogling web filth at work - Pentagon

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Re: "Shades of......" Well I for one am going to keep my mouth shut from now on.............

............when we read about the latest mallware outbreak etc. I am not going to say a word about the "great unwashed" and their utter refusal to learn basic "pc safety". When employees in a major military organisation, who are themselves (allegedly) highly educated and trained to be security aware are logging onto the biggest source of malicious exploits in known space then there is no bloody hope left at all. "I am on an important military network and I feel like some porn, what can possibly go wrong?"

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AMD poaches Keller from Apple's mobile chip team

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@Dave 126 That is a fair enough point though I have to say..............

..............that if that was what the author meant it was certainly not clear from the article! -:)

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I am not, to say the least of it, any fan of Intel but the following statement............

"Intel is not having a lot of luck in the smartphone sector with its Atom line"

...........is a touch premature isn't it? AFAIK they are are only just beginning to release phones based on Intel's chip. Don't you guys read Reg Hardware? Where the "San Diego" was reviewed about four weeks ago? It had the subheading "Intel’s first smartphone aims to shake up the mid-range market." (My added emphasis). They said further: "a retail version of Intel’s own Gigabyte-built smartphone reference platform built around a hyper-threading 1.6GHz Z2460 Atom "

http://forums.reghardware.com/forum/1/2012/07/04/orange_san_diego_intel_based_android_smartphone_review/

I know that the mobile tech sector moves very fast but not that flaming fast. I still have no idea how Intel's phone chips are going to do and neither have you. I am afraid that that line was an example of rhubarb journalism. You know, as in the sound actors make when they wish to make it sound as if they are saying something.

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Lenovo: 'Us, buy Nokia? Surely you jest'

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Re: ".........sent Nokia shares on an unusual high....."

I am not surprised. You can see the effect that the rumours that Lenovo was a buyer had (at least in part) on the share price. The moment any such negotiations started so would the rumours, rapidly leading to a share price that would cause even Google and Samsung to think twice before making a binding offer.

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Re: "Samsung will be preparing a win8 phone release"

Certainly they will. However, considering the great success they are having with the Galaxy S series (behind which a huge head of steam appears to be developing very nicely indeed from the company's point of view) it is a moot point whether or not Samsung will put the same effort behind their WinPhone 8 devices. Even a company the size of Sammy has to prioritise.

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Re: "naa" Those who are holding those short positions better hope that they have.........

...........guessed correctly otherwise the apparent scale of those postions suggests that someone is going the take the mother of all baths. The rise in the share price has been very sharp indeed, unless that is followed by a fall that is on near the same scale some of the stripy shirt brigade are going to be in some difficulty when time comes to settle up. Not that that will cause me to shed any tears. -:P

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".........sent Nokia shares on an unusual high....."

Therein lies the clue. Whenever a company is in trouble the market sharks try one of two strategies. Attacking a company's share price by various "shorting" tactics or pumping the share price by means of some form of market manipulation. One means to achieve the latter is to spread false rumours in an attempt to create an artificial increase in share value. This approach has been used three times in the last twelve months with Nokia stock. First it was MS themselves who were the alleged suitors, then it was Samsung and now Lenovo. The stripy shirted sharks appear to lack imagination.

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Analyst says Surface could hurt Ultrabook, Windows 8 tablets

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Re: "long process to move to a hardware monopoly even if it were possible."

Indeed. Furthermore that word "monopoly" also has resonance here. Although Apple are very big indeed in tablet space they are still a minor player in pc-space as a whole in terms of the number of units shifted. That means that, for the time being at any rate, the competition authorities are not especially worried. However, Redmond is still the dominant software force in personal computers as a whole. If they attempted to move towards the Apple model (except in a very limited way within tablet space) the bells would not just ring at, for example, the DoJ in the States, they would probably register on the Richter scale. For that reason alone MS would likely be bloody careful before they started any major strategic shift of that kind.

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Re: "MS doesn't have much in the way of content or services to recoup profits from"

That is indeed a point. However, I would distinguish here between the Windows RT version of the "Surface" where your point indisputably applies and the Win 8 Pro version where Office will not be bundled with the device.

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Re: Big supposition there...

Indeed it is. Redmond have already said that they will be pricing those two products at similar price-points to where the OEMs will be selling similar classes of products. This suggests that as long as the OEMs do not have the same insane ambitions as they had when the first Android tablets came out (when they were expecting to be able to charge more than Apple were for the original iPad FFS!) MS is not intending to be particularly aggressive towards its own industry partners as far as pricing is concerned. Furthermore Redmond are not in a position to be an "own producer" (without a substantial and expensive strategic shift that would take several years to implement) in the way Apple are and cannot easily take the place of the OEMs as far as that side of the business is concerned. If of course the OEMs are unwilling to read the memo as far as pricing is concerned (the ultrabook segment being largely an unfortunate example at the moment) then things may change in the longer term. However, it won't be this year or next!

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Apple iPad fondlers are about to enter a THIRD DIMENSION

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Re:"If I am not wrong ( I could easily be ) they need a working model to have it patented?"

Unfortunately you are mistaken. Sadly the (eminently sensible) requirement that can be summed up as "No working prototype, no patent" is in fact not a requirement. Which is why Cupertino can and do produce a huge stream of concept patents in an attempt to plant a gigantic judicial minefield all over mobile tech space. They are by no means the only offender as far as this tactic is concerned but they are certainly amongst the most assiduous practitioners.

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Chinese student's smut obsession lands 2,000 in JAIL

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@Magister "Using the whole chicken is perverted" What is more it is............

...........very unfair on the chicken and can lead to confusion over who or what is supposed to be stuffed.

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Tracking Android phones is easy, says researcher

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@Andrew Jones 2 "Why is this an Android only issue?"

It is of course not an Android only issue (as you point out yourself and explain why in point 2.). Indeed, the article itself (as far as I can see) does not mention the os at all, it only appears in the subheading. Now why might the subbie (or whoever composed that subheading) have chosen to frame it in that way? I put to you that we all know why it was done that way and we also see the same kind of approach to headlines when it involves Redmond, Cupertino etc. etc. Knowing why of course does not make it any less irritating. -:)

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Zynga managers fingered in insider trading lawsuit

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"Zynga has not replied to repeated requests for comment."

Fifth Amendment silence perhaps?

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Giant idol 'STRUCK DOWN by the Wrath of God' unearthed in Turkey

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Re: I met a traveller from an antique land

It is a terrific poem. About as evocative as it is possible to write. A timely reminder to all who think that what they know and the times they live in have anything other than a very short (in historical terms) shelf-life.

"I met a traveller from an antique land

Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone

Stand in the desart. Near them, on the sand,

Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,

And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,

Tell that its sculptor well those passions read

Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,

The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed:

And on the pedestal these words appear:

"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:

Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"

Nothing beside remains. Round the decay

Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare

The lone and level sands stretch far away."

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Jackson’s Hobbit becomes a trilogy

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Re: "singing about gold a lot." Oh please don't. Otherwise the bugger will make..........

.........."Hobbit the Musical" after he has released the director's cut of all three episodes of this one!

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Re: Too much padding?

Precisely. LOTR itself of course needed to be a trilogy - it would have been impossible to give it anything like the proper treatment otherwise. Indeed, the extended cut justified itself IMHO, artistically as well as commercially. However, stretching The Hobbit (a novel that I am very fond of BTW) to three films is no more than a very shabby piece of commercial exploitation without the faintest tinge of artistic merit. The novel is a little jewel in it's own right and deserves to be treated as such.

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Microsoft unveils fondle-ready keyboards, mice

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"Aping Apple with custom kit for Surface slabs"

I see. Are we to take from that subheading that Apple invented providing custom accessories with the main device?

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Apple blacklisted by Chinese consumer watchdog

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"Apple did not immediately reply to a request for comment"

One assumes that nobody at Vulture Central is holding their breath.

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Zynga faces legal probe over senior management share sales

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"The timing of these insider sales two months before is suspect"

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Facebook posts loss despite strong revenue growth

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Re: "Things that used to rule the Net." Never mind the Net - there is nothing new..........

...............under the sun. The "Tulipmania" peaked in Holland in 1637 and when it then crashed in ruined a very large number of people. The "valuations" reached the equivalent to a skilled manual worker's annual salary per bulb before it all when tits up. Or the infamous "South Sea Bubble" which reached it's top in about 1720 before "deflating" leaving the shares at about their flotation price (sound familiar?) and the national economy in depression. The net facilitates this kind of mass financial idiocy but the idiocy itself is as old as the hills. The primary difference being is that we now see the effects on a global rather than merely national scale.

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Mac malware Crisis as Apple lets slip its Mountain Lion

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@Wensleydale Cheese. RE "I have got to slap your wrists on that one."

You are using the install/update process when installing a new os (when you of course get all, accumulated updates/patches) as an argument? You are suggesting that on "Patch Tuesday" it is a Windows user's regular experience to get several gigs coming down the pipe rather than (order of magnitude) megs? Well, far be it from to hinder you in making an ass of yourself but I would suggest that you re-think that line of argument.

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Apple CEO: Frothing fanboi iPhone 5 hype screwed our sales

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Indeed. In fact paraphrasing the Bard by pointing out that they seem to have been........

.........."hoist upon their own marketing petard" would appear to be in order.

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Android 4.1 Jelly Bean review

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"Far more useful is the new off-line voice typing facility"

Now that is seriously useful. Its not everyone who is particularly comfortable with a virtual keyboard for more than a couple of sentences. Many are of course (I am myself) but there plenty who aren't and I have no doubt that they will welcome this aspect. Apart from anything else there are many people who, for reasons of age and/or infirmity rather than preference, find using an on-screen keyboard very difficult indeed.

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Iranian nuke plants rocked in midnight 'heavy metal blast'

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Re: Not evil enough

I feel sure that the deployment of any form of J***** B***** is banned under several international conventions. If it isn't, it bloody well should be.

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Buzz: iPhone 5 arrives September 21, demand 'unprecedented'

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Re: "right where I hold the thing. Very useful..."

You're holding it wrong.

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Windows 8 'bad' for desktop users - Gartner's one-word review

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Re: "Possibly you are using an older preview version?"

That very possible. The response to mouse and touch gestures and the nature of those gestures was significantly changed/improved between the "Build" version and the "Customer Preview". The degree of predictability and precision in the CP version is a different ball game entirely in comparison to the pre-beta.

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Re: "Fixed with a fracking start icon" Try performing exactly the same................

...........mouse movement only "right-click" when you reach bottom left. Yes, that's right - you'll see an entirely different menu that has absolutely nothing to do with the metro start menu. A whole list of facilities that bear an amazing resemblance to - well I'll leave you to find out for yourself.

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Office Web App upgrade adds long-needed features

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Yes, in comparisons *between* primate species, not...........

..............within the same species. I realise that there are some "scientists" who are trying to claim differently - they have yet to make a case that stands up to anything like genuine peer review. Give it a rest, the snide nature of the agenda in your original posting was tolerably obvious.

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"@Pascal Monett "..................this was actually true.""

Indeed it is. However, when you relate brain mass to body weight you see that the percentage of body weight that brain-mass represents is identical in men and women. Furthermore, there are no reputable studies that have ever shown a difference in the intellectual capacities of men and women that can in any way be related to brain-mass at all. This appears to be something that the original poster was/is completely unaware of - perhaps his extra is not doing him as much good as he clearly thinks it is.

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Cue massed howls of female laughter.

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Darth Vader is a pansy

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Re: "Every reply downvoted?"

Yes, I scrolled down the thread seeing one downvote after the other mostly on entirely innocuous posts where there was no apparent rhyme or reason to the vote. Most peculiar - some saddo I expect.

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Has Nokia bottomed out? El Reg drills into the detail

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Re: @AC 20th July 19.19 "anecdotal evidence suggests"

I see that someone did not like my point. I pose one last question in this context. How many of you would be prepared on a thread like this to accept anecdotal "evidence" that favoured Nokia or most particularly Microsoft? You wouldn't, would you? In fact anyone who tried to post anything like that would get absolutely hosed, would he not?

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@AC 20th July 19.19 Re: "anecdotal evidence suggests"

Anecdotal "evidence"? Are you serious? You mean a man down the pub told you? Or you are guessing because that view happens to suit what you want to post anyway? Anecdotal evidence my arse - FUD pure and simple.

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Re: "and 4m shipped means 1.5m sold...."

Yes, clearly he is just trolling. The amazing thing is that he is so intellectually challenged that he thought nobody would notice and that it would be effective. Strange, hmm?

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