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NASA Mars rover FINALLY equals benchmark set by Soviets in 1973

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Cheers Opportunity!

your plucky grit and determination are inspiring to all us meatbags.

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14 antivirus apps found to have security problems

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link to source

many false leads but, I found this - which appears to be the source document. Kinda long at 108 pages.

http://mincore.c9x.org/breaking_av_software.pdf

or, if you prefer:

http://www.slideshare.net/JoxeanKoret/breaking-av-software-33153490

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Asteroid's DINO KILLING SPREE just bad luck – boffins

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@ stucs201 - Re: Bad luck...

"Bad luck... and lack of a space program"

not for lack of trying.

Robot Chicken Dinosaur Armageddon

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Reg Latin scholars scrap over LOHAN's stirring motto

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Re: An Old Favorite

or "Carpe Carp" (Sieze the fish)

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NASA: ALIENS and NEW EARTHS will be ours inside 20 years

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here's to hoping

that they find New Earth within easy tapping distance of the Beer Nebula.

"Kirk, my old friend, do you know of the Klingon proverb that tells us Beer is a drink best served COOOOLD...? It is very cold in spaaace." </RicardoMontalban>

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LOHAN seeks stirring motto for spaceplane mission patch

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or go full-on Firesign Theater

Non ut illum Pumilio, da da per forcipem

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still more quasi-latin

Quid infernum, ne?

(Why the hell not?)

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Give an exoplanet a new name: Fill in this form and hope these astro-boffins pick your $input

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Magrathea

or Kakrafoon. Either one, to pay proper homage.

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Reg reader fires up Pi-powered anti-cat garden sprinkler system

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smashing idea, but...

This sprinkler system idea is brilliant and I will immediately begin working on such a system for my elderly mum. The hard part for me is to get the system to distinguish between cats and my small dog* who sometimes accompanies me over there. Any thoughts on how to accomplish that? In principle, I don't mind the dog getting wet. However, then I'd have to dry him off before I return home or he'd ruin the car upholstery.

*Schnauzer/Yorkie mix, so not much larger than your average house cat.

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LIFE on Titan: If there's one thing aliens HATE, it's a SALTY BALL

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looking for signs of methane outgassing

My wife is pretty good at that. She walks into the room, sniffs, and then shoots a menacing glance at me.

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Experts suspiciously eye LOHAN's cantankerous canards

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something you probably already thought of...

...but I don't recall reading in the details thus far. It hadn't previously occurred to me but as JonW pointed out, "The air's very thin up there. Relative airspeed will be low, so large control deflections will be required to control the vehicle. The force needed to move the control surfaces will be correspondingly reduced."

Of course, as you descend through ever thicker air, the opposite becomes true. The servos are sufficiently beefy to handle the extra force required, but I am wondering about the deflection. Too little up high or too much down low and you've got a serious control problem. If your receiver can switch to servo half-rate on the fly, then perhaps program that to kick in at a certain altitude. Seems to me that would be the simplest way to deal with changing requirements during descent. If your current receiver can't switch servo rates in flight, then it should be simple and relatively inexpensive to replace the receiver.

If you've already thought of and/or resolved this, then I withdraw my suggestion and will return to admiring your progress from a safe drinking distance. In any case, smashing job thus far and best of luck.

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Aereo presses pause on 'tiny antenna' TV-streaming service

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what happened to "we have no Plan B"?

A couple months ago, in several videotaped interviews, Kanojia clearly stated that if the Supreme Court decision didn't go their way, they were essentially dead. "We have no 'Plan B'" is what he said. The only "next move" I can immediately think of is to become something of a cross between Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon Prime's video service - but that would basically be a "me, too" operation so why bother?

I was rooting for Aereo (assuming that they weren't adding any content, just DVRing and retransmitting unaltered feeds) because the service was innovative. It forced broadcasters and content providers to keep on their toes to get/retain viewers and/or subscribers. For example, my cable provider recently began offering a Hulu-like service for their subscribers. I have been told that the Aereo situation has gotten them moving to add live TV to the streaming options. That's the real difference between Aereo and all the other streaming content providers - live events and "simulcast" of scheduled programming. Even though the decision went against Aereo, there is still a chance that consumers will benefit - albeit somewhat less so than if Aereo had won.

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US Supremes just blew Aereo out of the water

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Sad? probably. Surprising? no.

IF Aereo were rebroadcasting "closed" content such as ESPN or other cable/satellite-only content, then I would agree that they were violating copyright. Likewise, if they were adding to or subtracting from the content in any way, that would infringe the copyright. However, if neither of those conditions took place, then I agree with Aereo's assertion that they were merely a cloud-based DVR service for freely available OTA signals.

My cable company pays the broadcast networks to retransmit their signals. However, included in that price is a space allowance for cable-company-generated commercial slots. Out of boredom one evening, I put a broadcast TV and a cable-connected TV side by side on the same channel and watched for a few hours. Everything was identical except for four 30-second commercial slots where the broadcast TV showed an ad for some local business but the cable TV showed an ad for some different service offering from the cable company. Because they have that ability, I agree that they should pay to retransmit OTA broadcast stations - they are adding their own content to the signal. If Aereo were to do that then they, too, should have to pay. If they did not do that, they should be able to stream the content using their stated model.

I think the Supremes missed a great opportunity to clearly define emerging and evolving tech. However, given the average age and technological knowledge of the Court, I think this decision would have come down the same way even without all the lobbying from ABC, FOX, et.al.

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FAA shoots down delivery by drone plans

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good thing then that the SPB isn't located in the US

or the LOHAN project might have to be binned!

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DANGER MOUSE is back ... and he isn't half a GLASSHOLE

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Re: noooo

Narrator: "...known to his friends as Very Little Anything At All John. But in good faith his name is, verily, Little John."

Penfold: [indignation] "It is NOT! Verily's a GIRL'S name" [/indignation]

best. episode. ever.

DM: "Well, my guess is the varactor tripler has gone astable with the earth-loop emitter strap on the announcer's microphone." Almost peed my pants laughing at that one.

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Hate phone games that make you buy in-app gumble? Congrats, you're a niche player

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well...

When I have sufficient time for "proper" gaming, I fire up the PC or console.

However, tablet/phone games do have their place. When I've only a short time available for playing or am away from the PC/console, I pull out the tablet and use a number of different "free-to-play-BUT..." apps. When I inevitably run into a spot that I can't get past without additional purchase, I switch to a different app. I have, to date, never purchased in-app add-ons to a mobile game.

I HAVE, on occasion, liked a few enough to buy outright - the app itself, NOT add-ons. When a developer crafts something I deem worthy of hard-earned cash, he/she/they should be appropriately compensated. Anything less makes me just another freetard and that simply won't do.

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BOFH: On the contrary, we LOVE rebranding here at the IT dept

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lovely acronyms

reminds me of the delightfully classic Special High Intensity Training memo

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Spaceplane design nipper Ariadne gets a promotion

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I'm jealous

You guys are having FAR too much fun.

And, yes, bring back Cash-n-Carrion with all manner of PARIS, LOHAN, SPB, BOFH, and other acronymic delight.

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The Force of tax breaks brings Star Wars filming to Blighty

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Re: Don't get it?

"If G Lucas couldn't make a decent one after Empire, then why bother making any more?"

For the same reasons we have "new" versions of Spiderman, Fantastic Four, Star Trek, Godzilla, Robocop, etc, ad nauseum - because so very few movie makers have the testicular fortitude to do original material. So much easier/safer to take an existing story/character set and "reimagine" it. And then they wonder why so many of us no longer wish to shell out hard-earned cash for their (frequently shit) remakes. After not having been to a cinema for several years, I took a chance on JJ Abrams second outing with Star Trek. Once I realized it was a bad rehash of Wrath of Khan, I walked out. And sometimes, as you and others point out, it's even a bad idea for the originator to do more material in the same universe.

If producers and studios want to continue churning out crap remake/sequel after crap remake/sequel, that's their business. Just don't expect me to pay for or even be interested in watching it. There are far too many great and original stories remaining to be done.

/cranky old bastard

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DOCX disaster recovery: How I rescued my wife from XM-HELL

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With apologies to Ray Parker, Jr.

"When there's something strange in your closing tag, who you gonna call?"

"CodeBusters!"

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Evidence of ancient WORLD SMASHER planet Theia - FOUND ON MOON

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terrestrial cetaceans have eight words for you

"So long and thanks for all the fish"

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Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi! 3D HOLO-PHONE hinted in Amazon vid

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Re: A possibility:

could be, but where are they hiding the shark?

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Get ready for Europe's ROBO-BUTLERS: Billions of €€€s pledged to electro-slave dream

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but can they make it say

"Here's yo drank, Mr. Hun."

For my occasionally humor-impaired USAian brethren: it's from a Monty Python skit, not what you might have been thinking...

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Lupita Nyong'o, Game of Thrones' Brienne join Star Wars cast

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Re: I'm glad...

but in space, no one can hear you go "pew! pew!"

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Is the answer to life, the universe and everything hidden in Adams' newly uncovered archive?

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The Salmon of Doubt

I wonder if this new book will have much the same or (hopefully) different material from which to draw. According to Amazon's description, The Salmon of Doubt is a collection of letters, fragments of book/movie/TV ideas, and random thoughts on a variety of topics. It unfortunately SOUNDS like the same source material as this new biography, just from a different perspective. I hope to be incorrect about that as I would very much like to enjoy both works without essentially reading the same thing twice.

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SPB's mountaintop HQ menaced by WOLVES

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Re: Save the badger

Mushroom Mushroom!

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Re: AWACS - Airbourne Wolf Alarm Communication System

and risk becoming The Bureau Who Cried Wolf?

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SpaceX 'Dragon V2' ROCKET PODULE can hover-land on Earth - or MARS

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lander legs and fuel

If this was explained in the vid, I apologize. Crappy work connection this morning wouldn't let me view it.

The lander legs extend from the bottom, i.e. "through" the heat shield (assuming a fixed, reusable, Shuttle-style shield). Given that we have seen the results of imperfections or small holes in that type of surface (Shuttle Columbia), would it not have been better to have the legs extend from the SIDES of the craft and leave the bottom an unbroken surface?

Also, are the "lander rockets" going to fire almost all of the way down? That's an awful lot of fuel. Seems like it would be simpler to use parachutes most of the way then the rockets in the last minute or two for decelleration to soft landing on the legs.

Regardless, though, REALLY excited to see this. Anything that advances our human spaceflight options is good news.

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Jade Rabbit nearly out of hop

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good night and...

好运气的小兔子

"Good luck little rabbit."

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LG G3 fights off screen-res war rival Samsung with quad-HD cutie: In pictures

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worth watching

I have thus far not felt the need for a "smart phone." A fairly simple device that actually performs well on voice calls and has a slide out keyboard for exchanging texts with my son at University is all I have needed. If the price isn't too ridiculous on this new LG, I may have to reconsider my options. I do like the porthole idea and see an extra hole at the top for the speaker but not one at the bottom for the microphone. Am I missing something?

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Samsung chair regains consciousness

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Chairman in the company's hospital

you may be quite certain he got the machine that goes BINNNG!

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Wolfenstein: The New Order ... BLAM-BLAM! That guard did Nazi that coming

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Laserkraftwerk

Wir tötung tötung tötung auf der Autobahn

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California gives green light to test self-driving cars on public roads

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Re: Technical hurdles

and shaving/applying makeup.

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Venus Express to get final acid bath before crashing to surface

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Re: Screw Venus!

reasonably certain that "screwing" is high on the list of things (Roman deity namesake) Venus is purported to be responsible for.

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Boffins debunk red wine miracle antioxidant myth

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SHHHH!

Quiet please and no one tell the missus! For now I still get to proclaim, "Be back shortly, dear. Going to the liquor store for another half-case of heart medicine."

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Now that's PROPER SCIENCE: Boffins teach robo-arm to catch flying beer bottle

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Re: Enter

Just make sure no one teaches it how to throw back the caught grenades or use the caught tennis racket to swat them back at us.

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Goodbye HANA daddy, assorted cloud bods: SAP gets corporate

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CAUTIOUSLY optimistic

My company is both an SAP on premise and an Ariba on demand user.

We were chuffed to hear that SAP was buying Ariba a few years ago. Early on, SAP and Ariba didn't play particularly well together. Even though SAP originally stated that Ariba would be allowed to do their own thing, we were curious to see how long that would last. Sure enough, when Calderoni left, that was the beginning of folding Ariba into the SAP corporate structure. These new departures, expected as the article points out, are the continuation of that process. I sincerely HOPE that SAP manages to do this smoothly and effectively. We are just starting our own HANA transformation and eyeing some additional Ariba bits and pieces. SAP R/3 and Ariba are playing much nicer together now and, if that trend continues, will be good for a lot of corporate users/subscribers.

Of course, it's also possible that SAP management will drop a deuce in the punchbowl... but hopefully not.

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Don't fret over SOHO routers and Heartbleed. But yeah, there's LOADS to fear on home kit

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one would hope...

... that this Heartbleed business would make people more aware of potential security problems, even if THIS one didn't directly affect them.

Sadly, however, most home users are more concerned with latest episode of [mindless television drivel] than the security of their home network and devices connected thereto.

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Epson takes on Google Glass with wired 'augmented reality' glasses

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Dead self-respecting hipsters?

Best kind...

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Classified LOHAN payload is four-eyed beast

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spiffy camera

with the image stitching done onboard and on the fly, that's pretty slick. If I could think of sufficient justification, I might have to stump for one of those. Perhaps internal mapping of my secret bunker complex for the brochure...

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Actual spin doctors eye up ALIEN WORLD Beta Pictoris b: Young, hot ... and really FAST

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Re: Question regarding the Big Bang

a number of physicists, Sir Roger Penrose notably among them, have posited theories of a cyclical universe. Some of those theories have been discredited or possibly even disproven (stupid work internet filter prevents verification), but there is a certain beauty to the idea of such symmetry.

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Why two-player games > online gaming: See your pal's shock as you bag a last-second victory

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Pokemon on two Gameboys cabled together

And countless hours of Contra on NES.

Taught my son all about competitive gaming this way. Apparently that lesson stuck well because he is now a CompSci major at University of Texas, intent on running his own game development studio.

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Chap builds mobe based on Raspberry Pi

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@ obnoxious Git

"What colour box do you think it's contained in then?"

Depends. Will this be fitted nasally?

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Hungry Barracuda Networks gobbles a profitable quarter at last

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curious

I am curious how their backup solution stacks up against Altiris. Yes, I know Altiris is more or less going away, having been killed of by Shitmantec. However, I am very familiar with that product and its capabilities. I wonder how the Barracuda product compares in matters of redundant file elimination and bare metal restores.

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A real pot-boiler kicks off Reg man's quid-a-day nosh challenge

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um...

"While I'm beating off dogs with a stick" - Pretty certain you're doing that wrong.

Best of luck in the challenge, though. And thanks for the tip about seasoning stainless steel cookware. I was unaware of that.

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STEALTHY NANOROBOTS dress up as viruses, prepare to sneak into YOUR BODY

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We are Dyslexic of Borg

Your ass will be laminated.

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Asteroids as powerful as NUCLEAR BOMBS strike Earth TWICE YEARLY

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What's (also) in a name...

I accept the origin of the foundation's name as mentioned in the article.

However, I find it an interesting coincidence that an organization which correlates asteroid incidents with nuclear bombs is also (sort of) named the same as the workhorse of the US Air Force's nuclear bomb arsenal - the venerable B61 which has been, in several variants, in inventory for decades.

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SAP's on-site apps fumble for the gearstick as cloud stamps pedal

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what isn't clear from the article

is how much of the biz is Ariba and how much is legacy SAP - important since both have on-premise and cloudy options. The integration between the Ariba and legacy SAP is rapidly improving and, as a customer of both product lines, that's good for my company - especially as HANA gets ported to the Ariba product lines. Interesting times ahead.

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Boffins brew graphene in kitchen blender

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more kitchen counter than garden shed

but clever non-standard boffinry nonetheless. Tip o' the hat.

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