* Posts by dogged

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Be your own Big Brother: Covert home spy gadgetry

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Re: "You want to be with your loved one every moment, or at the very least know what they're up to."

> Can't argue with any of your points Jake - but I hope you didn't take the "True Love" angle of the article too seriously!

Of course he did, otherwise he'd have had to complain about a technical inaccuracy that isn't there.

Far easier to simply decry all technology as unnecessary.

jake posts by banging rocks on a telegraph wire.

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Blackhat: Michael Mann brings an informed cybercrime yarn to the silver screen

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Re: Hero

Or maybe the lesson is that being intelligent does not somehow magically prevent you from eating protein or lifting weights.

Unless you care to offer evidence to the contrary?

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Didn't the Left once want the WORKERS to get all the dosh?

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Re: The Premiership as an example of good capitalism?

> I wasn't aware that falling alcohol consumption amid health campaigns were bad capitalism. I stand corrected.

It's possible that pricing pubs out of the alcohol market in favour of major political donorssupermarkets along the smoking ban have more to do with that.

On the latter, there's an example of bad capitalism writ large - non-smokers said they didn't go to pubs because of the smoke. So they banned smoking and non-smokers still didn't go to the pub. Also, less smokers went to the pub. So the pubs closed.

It's not as if landlords were stupid - it's cheaper (in cleaning, redecorating and replacing nicked ashtrays) to run a non-smoking pub. If there had been such a huge demand for non-smoking pubs, there would have already been a shitload of non-smoking pubs. Instead there were about three and nobody went to them.

But no, the health puritans have to fuck things up for everyone. And then live longer and cost the NHS money.

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Superfish: Lenovo? More like Lolnono – until they get real on privacy

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Outrage is pretty limited though - it's limited to, well, us.

And none of us are affected because as somebody stated above, job #1 is to wipe the corporate laptop shipment and put the corporate image on it. And if we bought it for our own use with our own money, we probably didn't buy the shitty low-end machines that were infected. And if we did, we'd probably still have re-imaged them immediately and thus, not been affected.

The corporates don't give a damn because they are not affected. The consumers don't give a damn because they almost certainly still don't even know and probably never will. The only outrage is here and frankly, we are not important. I know, I know, your ego, all those guys going "I am keeping XP forever because fuck you Microsoft hahahaha bet that made Nadella cry", all the "Sony? Rootkit! Rootkit!" crowd, all the people who hate Apple.... we're not important. We are, in the grand scheme of things, nothing. Nobody cares about your start menu or your Bootcamped MBP or your hacked Dell. To the people who make the money and the people who spend the money, we are nothing.

Lenovo will make something shiny, Engadget will come in their pants about it, the Verge will give it 4/10 (based on the traditional -5 points for not being designed by Jony Ive), Curry's will put it on a big flashy stand and sell millions of them and life will go on.

I'd still like a ThinkPad X1 Carbon, that hasn't changed. I'd still reimage it immediately, that hasn't changed. Lenovo will make billions this years, that hasn't changed.

Sometimes I think we should really get the fuck over ourselves.

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SCREW YOU, BRITS: We're going through with UK independence ANYWAY – Scotland

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Re: great.scot

up.scot sounds like a porn domain for people with a tartan fetish.

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Jeb Bush, the man who may lead the US in 2016, dumps Floridians' private data on the web

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Re: I've often wondered

> OK, but if we give him the benefit of the doubt and assume that he's a shrewd operator whose tongue trips him up occasionally, being articulate is a fairly critical skill for the Leader of the Free World, wouldn't you say? :-D

Well, apparently not. Incidentally, most of the Free World does not regard POTUS as its leader in any way.

Inarticulacy didn't stop GHWB from becoming head of the CIA, for example.

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Re: I've often wondered

I never said he was articulate :)

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Re: I've often wondered

I think Jeb Bush's staff cocked this one up.

That man is no idiot. Neither is his father. His brother.... yeah well, there's always one. Jeb Bush is certainly dangerous and probably going to win the US presidency (because Americans don't have hereditary offices or royal families or aristocracy and I may stop laughing eventually).....

George Bush was good at appealing to "the common man" - ie, idiots. He actually had charisma, people liked him. People like Jeb too. Jeb is George and Cheney all rolled into one. Well, maybe not as evil as Cheney but that's hard to quantify.

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Upgrading Win 8.1 to Win 10 TP

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Setup did an in-place install from the ISO. No errors.

Sorry, I wish i could be more help.

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I get a continued failure on a tablet running Win8.1 Pro 32bit but that may be due to not enough space to upgrade. I'll be trying the ISO route tonight.

I agree that the error messages are not exactly helpful.

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Why 1.6 million people will miss Microsoft's Windows Server 2003 date with fate

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Re: @dogged

Oh, I agree.

After nearly 20 years in this industry, the only thing I am certain will never change is that Oracle hates you.

However, for sheer evil, embedding Java sprocs was a masterstroke.

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Oracle's are mostly related to embedding Java in it, which I suspect was done as proof that even Oracle can be made more obnoxious, obtuse, unfriendly and expensive if you try really hard.

Vulnerabilities affecting data in SQL Server tend not to be based on SQL Server because it outsources so much of its security layer to Windows and Active Directory (apart from the classic "sa - no password" thing which is thankfully becoming rarer).

You're simply not comparing like with like.

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WTF?

Wait.....

how did that AC manage to post with a "pint" icon?

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Re: 'Server systems are generally thought isolated from external attackers'

I got downvoted for asking this. Interesting.

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I think I would have noticed.

In any case, I haven't said anything different from anything I say around here. At home, we have multiple OS's - herself's Apple stuff, the Hudl the boy plays games on, my debian servers, a Win8.1 dev box, a laptop currently running xubuntu....

I don't proselytize or try to sell anyone anything. I just try to counter the undeserved slating that many products get, even when they're actually pretty good. There are OS-jihadists here. I am not one of them.

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> Not to mention an order of magnitude fewer security holes in the last 14 years in Microsoft SQL too...

That has nothing (or very little) to do with the actual software. MySql is free and given away like breakfast cereal toys wtih every damn webhosting package in the world. What that means is that it's configured by people who should not be allowed to operate an electric typewriter let alone set up a secure database and so what they set up was an unholy mess in about 80% of cases.

The requirement to actually pay for SQL Server means you get less (not none, but considerably less) incompetents building 'net-facing systems.

You know, you really need to stop trotting out MS's recent security record. It's not a competition, regardless of what any of Bob Vistakin's AC accounts claim. Everyone tries hard on security. Everyone is continually patching. Nobody is perfect.

I dunno about you but I'm not a salesman so I don't really understand this urge to say one OS or manufacturer is somehow "better" than another.

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> SQLServer has changed too much

It's changed a lot but I guarantee that SQL Server 2000 has more in common with Sql Server 2014 than it does with PostgreSQL or MySql. For a start (in the latter case) it's not a glorified flat file.

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Server systems are generally thought isolated from external attackers

wat

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HELP! Windows Phone update 8.1 broke my Lumia

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Not so much "pro-Windows" as "anti-FUD" usually. Windows has its place, just as linux does and even Apple has a place even if that place is as far away from me as possible (I know, it's irrational, I just can't stand the whole scientology aspect of it).

I agree that it's an issue for those 1020 owners and I hope they get it fixed soon. The nature of an intermittent fault is that it's hard to diagnose, though, so the engineer in me is wary about blanket condemnations.

If there are in fact less than say, 1000 owners affected, it would probably be cheaper and better PR for Microsoft to simply offer each of them a new phone. How many there actually are, we can't really know - the point of my post was not to "prove" that it's a small problem, only to demonstrate that we do not have sufficient data to declare it a big problem.

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Re: Just for the record: My iPhone 6+ still working fine

Be fair, our Bob hates Apple just as much as he hates Microsoft.

Bob loves only the Goog.

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Re: Downgrade option

I need to stop posting on this thread but hey, it's lunchtime and I'm waiting for the new servers anyway.

Short answer is that they do.

First, download this.

Then install it.

Then back up your phone using the "Back up now" thing in Settings.

Run the program.

Plug in your phone.

Let the PC and program recognize your phone.

Select the WP8 option for your phone.

Overwrite your phone's OS with that selected version.

This only works for Nokias but the Lumia 1020 is a Nokia, so....

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Re: Just for the record: My iPhone 6+ still working fine

Q: How do you know when a complete wanker has an iPhone?

A: They tell you.

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Well apparently they each own somewhere between 55 and 63 Lumia 1020s, but they are all intermittently frozen due to the update so it may take them a while to find something they can reply on.

We all know that there are no other handset models at all and never were except for WP7 because that makes MS looks bad and nobody else in the world owns a Windows Phone and everyone who says they do is a M$ shill.

Is that the answer you were looking for?

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Windows

I had a look at the "massive thread". There are over 700 posts on it and that's impressive. What's rather less impressive is that right at the top there's a button you can press to indicate that you too have this problem and want it solved. It also shows a counter of how many people have the problem.

223.

Now, I know that will come as heartbreaking news to that AC who always asks how all four Windows Phone users will react to any Windows Phone article the Reg decides to run but he's a prick so let's concentrate on the actual number. Thanks for the downvote, AC!

The thread may contain other posters who did not click the button but I removed all posts from the OP and that took it down to 644 - he's certainly been posting a lot. I then removed all posts from MS staffers (they are clearly identified) and got the total down to 481. At a rough estimate, about half the remaining posts are from people trying to be helpful so let's say we're at 250, being generous.

So the total is somewhere between 223 and 250.

Obviously, this issue may affect many more people than just those posting in this single forum thread so I took a quick shufti at windowscentral.com (previously wpcentral.com) where I did find this (related - http://www.windowscentral.com/struggling-lumia-925-lumia-1020-freezes-microsoft-will-soon-release-fix) and scrolling through the comments indicates that maybe 1/10 of their commentards have experienced the issue although this may overlap with the reported numbers on the official forum. The thread s 420 comments but many are multiple posts by the same commentards.

So what we know for sure is that it affects some 1020s but by no means all - wpcentral indicates less than a quarter of 1020 owners commenting experience the bug) and some 925s but those are rarer so it's much harder to get an idea of the scale.

None of the other x20 series seem to be affected and none of the newer x30 and x35 series.

So, about that WINDOWS PHONE DOOMED THERE IS A BUG MS DON'T CARE ALL THEIR USERS ARE LEAVING IN DROVES article....

Not so much, really.

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Skin colour's irrelevant. Just hire competent folk on their merits, FFS

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Re: Quote from an interview

in situations where the average person is under financial strain, advocating a relaxation of immigration laws is guaranteed to be wildly unpopular. MS already have an Indian CEO and I suspect their board would start to be concerned about the sheer number of dumbfuck rednecks in the USA who would take violent offence to such lobbying.

Or the slating that MS would get in (currently Republican) Congress.

Meanwhile down in Dixie -

Well sheeeeeeeee-it, boy. Micra-soft be importin' more of them there brown fellers and their muslamic womenfolk? I say we go buy from Apple. The Cook feller may be queer but at least he's a Merrican queer".

while any economist who has ever looked at the figures involved supports open immigration policies, the public do not and the disgusting perversions they elect to represent them view immigration as a handy thing to rabble-rouse about. Nothing gets the voters to love you like a lynching.

Calling Microsoft "wankers" for obeying the law seems a little extreme, unless you have a personal undisclosed interest in this.

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Or it could be that people who want there to be no racism are, bizarrely, likely to be racist.

Just World Hypothesis.

I found it quite interesting.

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Re: Quote from an interview

wtf was that?

You seem to be a very angry person, AC. What are these slaves you're talking about? I thought (given context) that the statement meant MS is fine about being married or not and they can marry their own gender or a different one (was that PC? I can't even tell anymore) as they so choose.

Are you Margaret Atwood? Or just mental?

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Free WiFi coming to UK trains ... in two years

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Claire Perry?

So you'll be able to get a wifi connection but everything available on it will be heavily censored and pre-approved by Mumsnet and the Daily Mail?

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Powered OTG hub

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Unboxing was an exciting affair where I opened a box. I can't post photos to the Reg's forums so you'll just have to imagine the sheer thrill of receiving a small cardboard box from Amazon and then opening it.

Woohoo.

There's a lot in the box. A Prime Instant Video 30 Day Trial bit of spam, a very small instruction manual, the hub itself, a small power brick, a UK plug, a male-to-male USB cable, a microUSB->USB Female OTG cable, a USB Male to microUSB male cable.... yeah, I think that was all.

The hub has a slightly unusual config. On the "back" (which I kept facing me at me at all times) are, from left to right, a power button, the power input socket (proprietary), a USB IN port (that one confused me but let's go with it), three USB 2 female ports and two further USB Female ports specifically designated as charging ports, one for each common voltage. On the left-hand side (from my preferred "back" view) is an SD Card slot and another slot, probably some camera thing. Ididn't bother with those.

The microUSB charging/peripherals port on the Asus Vivotab Note 8 is, annoyingly, on the top of the device so I did not use at as a dock because duh. Instead, I plugged the OTG cable into the tablet, plugged the M->M USB cable into the OTG F port and the other end into the USB IN port.

I filled out the non-powered USB ports with an MS Intellimouse Explorer 2 and an MS Keyboard because a) knock MS software all you like but their peripherals are always reliable and b) I'm trying to load Windows 10 so giving it hardware it probably knows about seemed like a good idea.

The final port was filled with a SanDisk 8GB USB key loaded with the Win10 x86 ISO and made bootable.

The tablet recognised the mouse and keyboard immediately and without loading drivers. It also loaded the thumb drive without issue but, as rebooting to UEFI proved, still refused to boot from the damned thing.

It may be that the hub had not loaded (although UEFI certainly responded to the keyboard so that seems dubious) or it could just be Asus' annoying BIOS.

So I have to report that the hub works well and exactly as advertised. It seems a solid little piece of hardware, potentially toddler-proof though I'm not eager to test this.

If you're interested, I did manage to load Win10 but only by booting into Win8.1 and actually running setup.exe from the thumbdrive. Once that had done its thing, I was surprised to find that an in-place upgrade had occurred (this had failed from MS's internet-based upgrader several times) and everything seemed to work.

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Re: Powered OTG hub

In the absence of recommendations, I have bought an EasyAcc device which looks suitable but who knows.

I shall try it tonight and review for your edification

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Powered OTG hub

Hi all.

I need a powered OTG hub in order to trial Windows 10 on work's little Asus Vivotab Note 8. That thing only has a microUSB port and I've failed utterly to get it to boot from a (bootable) microSD so this seems like the only way forward.

Any recommendations?

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Cortana to form CIRCLE OF LIFE in Windows 10

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Re: Yes But...

> Isn't it just a bit disturbing that Cortana can't flush herself out of your system without a reboot?

It's understandable when you bear in mind that when the Cortana app is installed in Windows Phone it comes via update (hence reboot) and attaches itself to the hardware "Search" key. When you switch Cortana off, the reboot sets the "Search" key back to Bing.

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Re: Good fucking gawd/ess.

Surely you don't expect jake to actually find out what he's angry about?

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Re: Yes But...

Hence quotes.

Sorry to spoil your smug moment.

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Re: Will she

No.

But neither will Siri or Google Now. Maybe Blackberry should work on one that can make tea and do the hoovering. That'd boost their sales.

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Re: Yes But...

> Or will MS make it respond..."I'm sorry Dave, I can't allow that."

That's actually "her" response to "Cortana, open the pod bay doors".

I don't find Cortana to be all that much use (except for reading out my text messages to me over bluetooth when I'm in the car) but I am fully prepared to admit that it's my own fault. The "notebook" allows you to select what the service "knows" about you and I really don't allow it to know very much at all.

So, excellent for granular control but self-defeating if you want the full "intelligent assistant" thing. But I've never had the intelligent assistant so I don't miss it.

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Silent but violent: Foul Google Play flaw lets hackers emit smelly apps

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Are they going to wait 90 days and then publish demo code?

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REVEALED: TEN MEEELLION pinched passwords and usernames

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No you can't.

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Swift gets swifter: Apple updates its new programming language

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Re: How about ...

> You've been missing out on a very nice language.

Exactly how much of the Kool-Aid did you drink?

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Re: How about ...

you just made a million fanboys spit expensive coffee.

You might as well suggest they bin Swift, implement C# (also available on Windows and linux) and see how many of them choke to death.

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WP8 app

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I'll write one for you if you want. Charge a quid, I get half and you get half.

Your forums aren't exactly RESTful though so I sympathize with the original 3rd party.

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ACHTUNG! Scary Linux system backdoor turns boxes into DDoS droids

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crapsticks?

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UK.gov tempts SMEs with tasty framework, then slaps them in face

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it’s a shame SME procurement still hasn’t been fixed

SMEs don't pay big enough bribes.

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NERDS KICK PUPPY 'bot in brutal attack

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Terminator

we have one, don't we?

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Re: I love

I love Staffs. They are friendly, cheerful, playful, rock-hard gormless idiot psychopaths who love you if you have two legs. If you have four legs or are a police car, keep well clear.

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EE 'best' of the UK mobile network bunch, but how good is that?

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Re: Yeah...

Wrexham isn't a "major Matro area" and therefore, you don't count. Don't worry, neither do I. I live somewhere rural so even not getting 2G coverage indoors doesn't matter.

Only the "major Metro areas" matter.

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Russian revolution: YotaPhone 2 double-screen JANUS MOBE

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Re: It is a pity I recently updated the "fleet"

I wonder if you could get one without the AMOLED.

Honestly, this really does seem to beg the question - "do I need a fancy screen or would I rather recharge once a week?"

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Received surprise new Redmond licenses? You might be pwned

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> Really? It would be more interesting to find a way to sue the authors of code with such blatant weaknesses that it's still a risk to put a newly installed box anywhere near the Internet without a lot of extra protection.

Ah, you mean "all current operating systems"?

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GROUPTHINK HIVE MIND informs climate change believers

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Re: Scientists, eh!

> That AGW is happening hasn't been in any scientific doubt whatsoever for at least a decade now.

Everything is in scientific doubt. That's the whole point.

Dammit, I hate religious fanatics.

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