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Florida man 'fesses to naked Scarlett Johansson outrage

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@Jimbo 6 Re:........."the only beaver shots on her account...................

........... just involved semi-aquatic quadrupeds and heavy-calibre rifles."

For some reason that sounds even more perverse, or do I mean perverted?

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Congress warned that military systems may already be pwned

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The following quote is interesting:

"I think we have to go to a model where we assume that the adversary is in our networks. It's on our machines, and we've got to operate anyway."

That feels intuitively like sound common sense. However, the devil (as always) is in the detail. Are they talking about systems which allow them to track the "enemy's" presence within the system and thereby control what he knows (or ensuring that what he gets access to is not quite as useful/accurate as he thinks it is) or are they talking "hardened" areas within the system which they believe they can succeed in keeping him out of? Or are they thinking of a combination of these types of strategy? Anybody got any suggestions?

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Windows Phone left on launchpad by Angry Birds in spaaace

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Implicit in this is the thought that a large number of punter's smartphone..............

..............purchasing decisions are informed by whether or not they can play "Angry Birds"? I think that I shall refrain from commenting further.

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Cocky Foxconn tells tech biz: We'll design your mobes, you do the ads

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Re: "And what exactly...." Indeed. Careful whom you sup with and..........

.............use a very long spoon.

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Microsoft tarts up custom Mustang Muscle Microserfmobile

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@Captain DaFt Well actually, I've seen some custom jobs that make that thing........

.................look like the acme of restrained and stylish good taste!

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End in sight for IT jobs outsourcing massacre

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".....would face "a PR nightmare" and risk losing staff who don't trust their employers. "

Would face a PR nightmare? They would only then experience a breakdown in trust between them and their employers? I think somebody should start talking to the poor sods presently working at the coalface. They might then discover that this lack of trust and a desire to get the hell out it it is a widespread condition today, never mind at some stage in the future. Costing cutting? That's simply a question of who gets cut. Doing things smarter, being genuinely innovative to grow a business and improve profitability - that is way to much like intellectual heavy lifting for The Directorati. Attempting to take that route might expose their total inadequacy, people might see that the managerial emperor is mother naked.

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iPhone 5 gets a 5in screen

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@uhuznaa Re: "Well..." You are likely right.

The chances of Cupertino going to a five-incher as their primary smartphone are zero. I agree however that for many people something around the 4 inch or so mark appears to be the current accepted size and anything the Apple release is going to be in that ballpark.

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iPad subsidies axed for Microsoft S&M fanbois

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Re: Even worse. God yes! Imagine working for Watneys in the sixties when.....

......… they were marketing "Red Barrel" if they had had that policy. Truly a fate worse than death.

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Re: Mac Business Unit

I would guess that since the unit actually working on MS software for Macs would by definition need those machines in order to do their work they would of course be supplied with them on the company's dollar. What the "baristas" in sales and marketing might fancy is another issue entirely.

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As a matter of curiosity.

Do we know what policy in this area at Mountain View or Cupertino is? I am genuinely curious - does anybody who posts here know?

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Samsung opens up the Ice Cream Sandwich

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@Nick Ryan. Re: "It's rare that I come across software that's so gob-smackingly awful....

.......that you're left in a gibbering state wondering just what the **** were the developers thinking?"

Erm, not that rare. Cyberlink Power DVD and iTunes come to mind immediately.

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Re: and still

HTC's CEO commented in an interview recently that that was exactly their strategy from now on. Ie. More focus and fewer models going forward.

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Samsung Series 3 NP300E5A 15in notebook

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"non-reflective screen, which is a welcome change."

Hallelujah! Sammy has seen the light brothers and sisters! On a slightly more serious note I have to say that it is about time. They are selling into the budget workhorse end of the market and I think they (and the other OEMs) can afford to spare their customers eye-strain, rising irritation and possible migraine. If I want to shave I use the bathroom mirror, not my lappie.

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Foxconn is world's 10th biggest employer: 1.2 MILLION on payroll

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@AC 20th March 2012 17:31 Re: "if". If the company I worked for was headed up by a guy........

.............with these opinions:

"A harsh environment is a good thing", "Hungry people have especially clear minds" and "An army of one thousand is easy to get, one general is tough to find."

I'd start a frakking trades union, never mind join one.

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Microsoft fires Bing execs after biz probe

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Re: "got caught". It is very interesting indeed. It is not often we see any example..........

...........of "BigCorp" openly firing senior execs. They normally prefer them to leave quietly speaking about "the exciting new challenges they are going to and how much they have enjoyed their time at the company." Tightly clutching their golden goodbyes on the way out the door - natch. These two must have been very naughty indeed if Redmond decided that making a public example of them in this way was necessary/desirable. It is in fact pretty much a career-killer for both of them - I mean with all the implications behind the way they have left the company they are not going to find it very easy to get new positions, revolving door culture regardless.

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Elsevier's backpedalling not stopping scientist strike

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"However, the backdown by Elsevier and Washington seems to have had little effect"

Delighted to hear it. As a research scientist my only comment on Elsevier is that they stink - for reasons already mentioned so I will not bother to repeat them.

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HP pushes social collaboration dev tools for mobile

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"Got a smartphone? Then you're still at work"

I think that I have just discovered a user case for resurrecting my old Nokia candy-bar.

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US teens confess to 60-a-day texting FRENZY

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All I can say is that if the following is true..............

"That means the average American teenager awake from 7am until 10pm sends a text every 15 minutes."

...........then we need look no further for an explanation for why our cousins over the other side of the pond are so worried about their education system. In those circumstances how the fuck you would be able to concentrate on anything other than your shiney and your unbelievably important social interactions when you are at junior/senior high (allegedly getting an education) is beyond me. If, of course, these stats are anything other than complete and utter spherical objects.

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Windows 8 tablet freezes in Microsoft keynote demo

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Re: Don't see why the fuss

Indeed. Demos attract Murphy's imps like iron filings to a magnet - been there, done that, God help me!

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Hold the front page! Beta version is buggy.

Pope, bears etc.

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Met plod will use 1980s software to police Olympics

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Re: Could be worse. Indeed, they could be intending to use 1980s hardware........

..........though the sight of the plods equipped with mobile phones the size and weight of the average building brick with about 45 min standby time would have a certain comedy value.

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More evidence that neutrinos are NOT faster than light

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Re:"She's a standard model then, wouldn't you say?"

LOL.

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Re: No effect + No tunnel either

Yes, given that she was chosen by that continent-wide joke "I like 'em young Berlusconi", it is no surprise that she is several neutrinos short of a complete theory.

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Apple Store staff outnumber queues as new iPad goes on sale

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@PaulR79 "Re: Who paid". Indeed,the temptation to ask them when it............

...........will get it's ICS update would be irresistible!

-:)

AF.

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@Paul_Murphy:Re. "We wants to work at Apple some day..........

.............Good luck to him."

Despite the fact that I and my good lady do not have a singe Apple product in the house (and have no desire to), I heartily agree - we wish him nothing but the best.

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iPhone stroking keeps us satisfied the most, say fanbois

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Re: the average queuer was packing £1,217 worth of electronics on them

According to several surveys a significant proportion of Apple's customers can, entirely fairly, be described as the "well heeled middle classes". In the US their main demographic (approx 50% of their customer base) are twenty to thirty something males living in households with a combined income of over $100,00 per annum. That being the case I am not at all surprised at the above figure.

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SF iPad launch subdued as Apple fans wise up

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Re: unlikely that

No, far too polite and rational. -:)

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Newly discovered asteroid will not ANNIHILATE THE EARTH

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Re: It can't be easy... "Perhaps a visit to the pub could help..."

Then after several pints of full strength old goat botherer he'll feel as if he has actually been hit by an NEO.

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Mobile phones cause ADHD in rodents

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Mobile phones cause ADHD in rodents?

Sorry, for some reason I couldn't quite follow the point with this article, kept getting distracted. What was that again?

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Nokia design chief ayes tablet plan

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".....tablet space with interest, but have made no specific announcements."

Corporate stonewalling, nothing else. I do not believe that their CEO opened his mouth recently by "accident" and nor do I believe that their chief designer opened his gob and "just let it slip". This is a fairly typical example in the business of a carefully calibrated "build up interest campaign" going into the spring. We can confidently expect the carefully placed "leaks/obscure video clips" in the course of the summer and the official announcement at Nokia's big "do" in September - I'll eat my old Nokia candybar pan-fried if it does not play out like that. They are simply doing what any company does and that is to do their best to play the media like a violin - and the media of course are very willing to oblige. Cynical, me? No not all - I'm the naive and trusting type.

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Rising China costs get manufacturers moving

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There are a couple of little problems here for the Western companies' "sweatshop hopping".

1. As James 51 has already pointed out, where are they going to go when they run out of said sweatshops? The capacity to avoid keeping ahead of the game by ingenuity and innovation and rely instead on finding yet another cheap country is, in reality, finite.

2. What are they going to do about countries like, of course, China who now have some of their own companies (and they will increase in number) producing ever better kit who can still undercut Western producers because their wage rates although rising are still well under those in the West?

In sum, by only being interested in chasing the bottom line in the short term it is not unlikely that they are now going to find themselves thoroughly out-competed by the new and rising industrial countries.

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Microsoft slashes Office 365 prices

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Let me see now.

We have increasing competition in a rapidly changing market which in reality has only just begun to develop and is several/many years away from being mature and we see one of the major players cutting prices. Due to efficiencies they say - and that may well be the case, they have still been obliged to pass them on to the customer instead of pocketing them for themselves in order to keep up with/stay in a rapidly changing game. A highly competitive. young and somewhat unstable (rather like cloud systems in general now and then -:P) market with several players scrambling to position themselves leads to downward price pressure - who would have thought it, see icon.

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New Yorker sues Apple: 'Misleading and deceptive' Siri ads

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Most unfortunate if true.

"Cult of Mac theorizes that Siri's senility is due to Apple throttling the compute power it devotes to question-and-answer processing because of the high demand that the iPhone 4S's success is putting on its servers."

If (and I stress "if") it is the case that Apple have taken to restricting the available processing for Siri then the issue of "beta version" becomes a rather different issue. It is one thing to warn your customers (albeit buried in the small print) that the version is in beta and quite another to partially cripple yourself. It should perform as well as the given beta is capable of performing - not be artificially restricted because demand for a service that you yourself hyped with the launch of your product has proven to be more than you feel like devoting the resources to. I hope for the sake of Apple's enthusiastic customers that "Cult of Mac's" hypothesis is incorrect otherwise somebody is taking the piss out of them.

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Mozilla to drop Windows 8 Firefox bomb on IE 10

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Re: Will it still apply and is it relevan? Err...yes it has to be, unless of course.........

..............the competition authorities actually want to make complete, total and utter knobheads of themselves by allowing Microsoft to get away with exactly the same behavior that they sanctioned them for before. It would be so obvious and so grotesque that I doubt whether they would permit it - although one should obviously never say never.

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That steady diet of EastEnders IS turning her into a shrew

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@Michael H.F. Wilkinson "like stapling my ears to a wall.............,

....................or putting my hand in a meat grinder."

Happily Madam AF shares my feelings on the matter, I have therefore been able avoid having to resort to self-harm.

-:)

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"Study shows soap operas trigger aggression in women"

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I personally think that watching that shit would wind anybody up, male or female. I only have to hear the theme tune from A Certain Famous Soap to feel my blood pressure rising.

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Boffins boost fuel-cell future with 'nanowire forest'

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@AC 10th March 2012 06:58 GMT:......Re: "yes but"

"How much energy does it take to produce the hardware, eg nano wires, then actually harvest the hydrogen?"

I was primarily thinking of the fascinating prospect that they might be able to produce short-chain hydrocarbons - hence my reference to basic solvents. If that became possible and even better the smaller hetero atom molecules then the effects could be very far-reaching indeed in the chemicals industry. The savings in energy consumption and pollution costs would be enormous and would, if the process were driven by sunlight, certainly repay the development, production and running costs. Just imagine if pentane, hexane, heptane and perhaps toluene (the simplest mono-substituted six-member aromatic ring) could be produced by this analogue of a biological system. Furthermore if the smaller hetero atomic molecules (ie containing at least one other atom other than carbon and hydrogen) were possible giving us (perhaps) the four smallest alcohols (methanol, ethanol, propanol and butanol) or perhaps even such solvents as tetrahydrafuran and dioxane then the effects would be utterly transformative. If such artificial sun-driven analogues of biological production systems became realizable the positive effects throughout industrial production on a world-wide basis would be so huge that it is not possible to do them justice in a small posting such as this.

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"With this structure, we have enhanced, by at least 400,000 times......................,

..........................the surface area for chemical reactions,”

That is very bloody impressive and of course vital for the efficiency of the structure. If in the future they can actually generate hydrocarbons without exploiting a finite resource (oil) then the chemical industry would (might) be utterly transformed. Apart from anything else the energy and resource costs associated with the mass production of basic solvents would be whole different ball game given that neither oil nor (one assumes) the "cracking" process (very dirty and energy expensive) would be involved.

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3D: 10% of LCD TVs in 2011, 25% in 2012

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@jai RE "Perhaps the dog will appreciate it...."

Nah - he'll probably woof, "nice telly, shame about the content".

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New iPad: Crack open your wallets, fanbois, here's what it'll cost

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"Yes, Brits, you can pre-order one now, or grab a sleeping bag...................

.....................and start making your way to Regent Street."

The Old One is more likely to complain about the air conditioning in the "Other Place" than I am to do any such thing. Utterly regardless of which producer/manufacturer we are talking about.

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Steve Jobs' death clears way for Apple-Android peace talks

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Just one small question.

If Apple does indeed negotiate some kind of licensing agreement with the Android OEMs which involves a net payment per device from them to Cupertino, will we be seeing the same type of postings howling about the "Apple tax" as we regularly see about the "Microsoft tax"? After all if this does come to fruition they will be doing exactly the same as MS has done. The only difference being of course that The Great Demon Spawn of Redmond has not spent the last year or two trying to completely destroy Android in countless legal actions all over known space.

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Nokia issues another Lumia 800 battery fix

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Re: "You are Barry Shitpeas and I claim my £5"

Indeed. I am still trying to work out why he bothers to post as an AC given that his inimitable style is so instantly recognizable. -:)

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Fanbois will get wet queuing for iPad 3

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"Fanbois will get wet queuing for Ipad 3"

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Toshiba prices up glasses-free 3D TV for Blighty

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"Harrods will be offering the ZL2 in due course".

Splendid - they can send one round with the groceries.

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Bring-your-own server: TeamDrive flashes cloudy sync 'n share

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Very interesting.

"If you host TeamDrive inside your firewall then your data is maintained on your servers under your control. You get file sync and sharing without having to use a cloud model."

That seems like a solution that might interest a number of companies for whom even relatively short outages would represent a serious problem.

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STUNNING NEW APPLE DEVICES that will follow the iPad 3 HD!

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Well actually............

"If you go that route, people are only going to buy one or maybe two devices. They'll wind up carrying a piece of hardware about and using it for more than one thing in more than one situation."

...........many a true word spoken in jest.

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Space FIREBALL over Blighty sparks hunt for rich meteorite

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Re: "..just to be sure". Weedol? Surely everbody knows that if you want to be sure.......

............you have to take off and nuke from orbit.

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Why on Earth would you build a closed Android phone?

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Re: A step in the right direction,

For some strange reason they design phones for people like themselves, office workers -:). Now I am not knocking the white-collar brigade (these days I belong to it myself) but it is a very different working-life style from the daily experience of the manual worker. "Noise, dirt, often poor lighting conditions and impact risk" sums it up roughly and it is surely beyond dispute that the industry in general has, to a significant extent, failed to take that into account when designing/building their products.

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US sends factories to Asia, gets ozone in return

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Well, that just about defines...........

.........what goes around, comes around. It is somewhat ironic that in a certain sense Western countries are breaching the environmental protection laws in their own countries by this roundabout route. Seems like, one way or the other, we get the goods we want and the pollution we don't whether we like it or not. There's a moral in there somewhere!

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Stolen iPad leads to 780lb crystal meth seizure

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These are people who sample their own wares regularly...........

.............and regard gunshot wounds and kneecappings as work-related injuries. They are not smart? See icon.

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