* Posts by Velv

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When cash is King, mobile money means economic freedom

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Don't know why you put the joke alert icon, that's exactly what HMRC do.

It goes even further. HMRC know, for example, exactly how many meals each type of restaurant can get out of a chicken. Posh French might get two meals per chicken, Italian might get four, Indian six and Chinese eight. They also know (and feed back to trading standards) when a restaurant deviates from the model and is selling more meals than they buy chickens, thus implying the local cat population is at risk.

As always, it's just a model, but it proves that if you're attempting anything out of the ordinary you're going to stand out. Got to buy the boxes to match the sales. So if your local purveyor of genuine Italian pizza is regularly taking unused boxes to the recycling, they probably are genuine Italian of Sicilian extraction.

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And the prize for LEAST SECURE BROWSER goes to ... Chrome!

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Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics

Not all vulnerabilities are created equal, so a raw count is meaningless.

Even if you take the comment "1698 (11 percent) are deemed highly critical and 43 (0.3 percent) are extremely critical", where's the breakdown across browsers?

The moral of the story is that ALL software potentially contains vulnerabilities of varying degree of severity and you've got to put as many layers of security as possible between you and the bad guys.

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More suppliers join flagging GOV.UK Verify ID assurance scheme

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Re: The Government Gateway is good tech

Not trying to defend it as I think it was doomed from the start, but I think you've missed what the scheme is about.

The Government has essentially outsourced the validation of your documents when you apply for a Government ID.

The third parties provide the initial matching of who you claim to be to your passport, driving licence, bank account, voters roll, etc and allow you to create a government verified ID. That ID is then used to access the Government services by authentication within the Government services, not back through the verifying party. So Experian et al only see your first ever logon.

The theory is that Experian, Banks, etc have already physically checked who you are, so why should the government set up another office doing exactly the same thing - just rely on those other organisations. Having previously spent several weeks working with Experian to tie together my credit report (and I've only lived in two properties in the last 20 years) my confidence that any of the third parties will help reduce fraud is somewhere between slim and fuck all.

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SCARESTEROID of the week to miss Earth on Friday

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Wouldn't it be ironic if a small object was missed that did get through the atmosphere and managed to take out only the Express offices. I guess it would get the Daily Star too, so a double win?

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Blighty's 12-sided quid to feature schoolboy's posterior

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Re: Coin-swallowing machine

RBS have coin deposit ATMs in some branches now. Pays straight into your account and they don't charge any commission like Coinstar. Great for emptying that jar of shrapnel

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1p per thousand. Yes, that would be a nice little earner.

By 2013 there was an estimated 1,528 million £1 coins in circulation. Not all the same design admittedly, and I'm not suggesting the kid shouldn't get something, but £15,000,000 seems a tad high.

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German court slaps down Uber's ride-sharing app

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Re: Uber arrogance again

Even if European Law is interpreted as a right to create a service, it will be WITHIN the existing laws and regulations of the member state.

Would Uber expect to be able to set up a service providing children to paedophiles under the same European right, as that's what their statement implies!

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Banks defend integrity of passcode-less TouchID login

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Gimp

There's a limit to how much you can pay in one transaction to an unverified contact (i.e. Someone you've not set up to pay through other channels)

There's a limit to how many unverified payments you can make in one day.

There's a limit to how much you can transfer in one day.

If someone takes you to a hotel and renders you unconscious I think you've got more important "assets" they're going to be after.

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Hello? Police? Yes, I'm a car and my idiot driver's crashed me

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86.8% of statistics are made up on the spot (Vic Reeves)

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Zombie SCO shuffles back into court seeking IBM Linux cash

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"Had an accident with work? Lost your business or been overtaken by competitors? Got some spurious hook to hang a threadbare case on?

Call Loyers4U and we'll take your case on a no-win no-fee basis"

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Borg to assimilate Square Kilometre Array data

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Re: Won't They Be Pissed...

I think you'll find Abbott has very little say in the matter. There's 11 member countries of the SKA Organisation

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Well.That.Sucks: New rude dot-word sparks outrage

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Re: COUNTRY.sucks

How dare you mock the sacred.

flyingspaghettimonster.sucks

Clearly it is the spaghetti that gets sucked

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Swedish prosecutors finally agree to London interview for Assange™

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If the allegations are fabricated and the case is truly politically motivated (to allow extradition or rendition to Merkinland) then the best thing Assange can do is fall on his sword and become a Martyr.

The authorities cannot win. If he is extradited, it proves the governments cannot be trusted and will cause international revolt by the people.

Certain anti-government groups won't be served by due process being followed, a fair trial taking place and a jury decision based on fact. That wouldn't serve the cause at all.

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Court nixes four HP patents in ServiceNow infringement case

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Terminator

I hope everyone's got their Business Continuity plan dusted off.

If you buy an application and run it locally, your "service" probably won't be effected if the author is forced to stop selling it. Not much they can do to shut you down.

If you're buying a cloudy service and the courts tell them to "cease and desist"...

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Ark scoops £700m to host ALL UK.gov's data centre needs

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Are we finally loading up the B Ark?

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Doh! iTunes store goes down AFTER Apple Watch launch

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Happy

I'm just shocked and stunned that an El Reg journo managed to use the word titsup without explaining the acronym

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Wikimedia chucks sueball at NSA and DOJ over mass surveillance

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Big Brother

Question authority...

...and the Authorities will question you!

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£280k Kickstarter camera trigger campaign crashes and burns

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Interesting spin...

"Backers" are upset at not getting their product or full refund. But how many of the backers are being vocal? I'll bet it's not 100%, and that as suggested above, most of the backers understood they were venture capitalists who might lose their money if the project failed.

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Atomic keyring's eerie blue glow lights SPB lab

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Re: UV blue

Most "blue" flowers photgraph as purple or violet (or at least they did on good old film). I believe it's down to attracting insects which have a different visible light range to humans.

Lithospermum was one of the few that looked the same to the human eye in real ire as on film.

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It's a Mega blast: PayPal drops Dotcom's Mega

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Re: Abuse of market power?

Abuse of market power is usually regulated by the government.

Given the political pressures being brought it is highly likely the government had a hand in "asking" PayPal to drop some customers.

No conflict of interest there then...

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Ads watchdog: Er, what does woman in her undies have to do with ‘slim’ phone?

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Re: Overtly sexualising women

The Diet Coke ads always puzzled me.

Is it really the blatant sexist sell to women of the hunky guy stripping off?

Or is it much subtler. Is it trying to sell Diet Coke to men, since let's face it ALL the women in the Diet Coke ads are pretty foxy, so which straight guy wouldn't aspire to be the workman/lift operator/lawnmower man.

Mines the one with the spray stains...

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Barclays punts instant Twitter mobile payments app – best avoid while drunk

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Paying by Twitter handles,Mehta could possibly go wrong...

Like when The Rangers Football Club launched a fighting fund to save the club but published the wrong PayPal address, and BlueNose the Clown received thousands of pounds unexpectedly.

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$533 MEEELLION – the cost of Apple’s iTunes patent infringement

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Nothing wrong with Patent Trolls...

So what's wrong with someone buying the rights to some intellectual property and then licensing that in the future? The "inventor" gets cash now, and the "investor" risks money on that idea being useful and sellable in the future. Standard investment model.

OK, now you're fuming, here's the problem. All sorts of shit is being granted a patent, and the detail of patents is so loose that they are being applied to scenarios that the original inventor never even thought of.

So yes, the patent system needs overhauled. But don't blame the players, blame the game.

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Samb-AAAHH! Scary remote execution vuln spotted in Windows-Linux interop code

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Re: MIcorosft contributing security fixes to Samba

I don't fully support googles 90 day limit, but I understand there needs to be a limit otherwise some vendors will just prevaricate until the end of time.

Perhaps Google needs to enhance its rules - give the vendor 90 days to announce a patch release (with the detail redacted), and the release must occur within the following 30 days (which should catch most vendors scheduled release cycles). Rushing out patches is as dangerous as delaying them longer than necessary.

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iBank: RBS, NatWest first UK banks to allow Apple Touch ID logins

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Re: Not smart.

@'TSeng

RTFA, detailed instructions were linked

Or go search Mythbusters, they did it in their garage

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Torvalds turns to Sir Mix-A-Lot for Linux versioning debate

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Linux 15

Or Linux 2015

Makes it appear more advanced than the other mainstream OSs. (But seriously, since it won't change yearly, it does at least give a base indication of how ancient the core is following future releases - when did "3" come out (rhetorical)).

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First HSBC, now the ENTIRE PUBLIC SECTOR dodges tax

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Re: Tax and government...

You'll find that the cost to administer tax differently for government from other businesses actually makes the whole thing even more complex. Better to have one set of rules for everyone, then complete any internal transfers at a later date (Assuming they can get that bit right).

"Tax doesn't need to be taxing" :)

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Re: Two things

@Chris Miller, point 2 - sadly it's not as simple as that. If your business deals primarily in zero rated or VAT exempt goods, then you can't claim back the VAT on goods you purchase, even all the IT hardware. You end up with a "balanced rate" negotiated with HMRC.

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Hey, NUDE CELEBS! Apple adds SWEET 2FA to iMessage, Facetime

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So how do these SMS notifications work if you use something like O2s Tu Go?

SMS gets diverted to your device of choice (tablet, laptop, desktop), defeating the point that the system relies on "something you have". Opens up the possibility of remote attack if someone compromises your telephone number.

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Air gaps: Happy gas for infosec or a noble but inert idea?

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D'oh!

Building bridges between two systems substantially increases the risk of infection being passed from one system to another. Rats crossed rivers on ferries, barges and bridges and the plague spread across Europe. So if you're going to plug a device from one system to the next you no longer have an air gap and you need to put protections in place. Gates, guards, immigration controls and quarantine.

It's not rocket science, we've been doing it for hundreds of years.

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UK air traffic mega cockup: BOTH server channels failed - report

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Re: "both channels failed at the same time"

Which is one of the arguements for having your Business Continuity operation provided by an alternative supplier who hasn't seen what has been implemented by supplier 1.

London Internet Exchnage does it with two entirely different sets of infrastructure providing the twin service.

Not cheap, extremely difficult to integrate, and potentially susceptible to other failures, but a balance to be had where something is mission critical.

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Reminds me of the Grebulons in Mostly Harmless who lost their stored memories when the backup computer was placed in the same hole left by the original computer :)

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Assange's cop chaperones have cost £10 MEEELLION to date

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Re: He's obviously dangerous

"What Assange was charged with in Sweden was not rape."

He has not been charged at all. An arrest warrant has been issued so he can be questioned in relation to alleged sexual offences. Like every other suspect there is due process to follow, and if it is as "trivial" as you claim, then he would either be free now, or would have finished any custodial sentence.

But neither of those would serve this publicity seeking vermin. Wikileaks as a concept is vital to open government and business. Assange is not helping their cause

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Zimmermann slams Cameron’s ‘absurd’ plans for crypto ban

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To quote the age old phrase

"Outlaw guns, and only outlaws will have guns"

Criminals carrying guns has increased since various bans were introduced over the last 40 years as more criminals are prepared to go on a job "tooled up". Now I'm not advocating we relax the current gun laws, but it just proves that for anyone attempting to break one law breaking other laws isn't really seen as an obstacle.

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Wikileaks: We DO NOT approve of OUR secret stuff being LEAKED

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Big Brother

Once again the phrase"if you're not paying for it, you're not the customer, you are the product being sold" is proven to be true

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EE data network goes TITSUP* after mystery firewall problem

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Re: Nothing Nowhere

An MIT linguistics professor was lecturing his class the other day. "In English," he said, "a double negative forms a positive. However, in some languages, such as Russian, a double negative remains a negative. But there isn't a single language, not one, in which a double positive can express a negative."

A voice from the back of the room piped up, "Yeah, right."

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EE has been having trouble in North Central Edinburgh since December. iPad shows 4G, but if you actually try to use it it then shows 3G, but still fails. Tether to my O2 3G phone and it rockets.

It did work in early December, but I've only got 20 days left so will be trying someone else next

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Drinking to forget? OK. But first, eat a curry... QUICK!

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I feel sorry for people who don't drink.

When they wake up in the morning they know that's the best they're going to feel all day.

(Dean Martin)

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Missing defective BEAGLE FOUND ON MARS! Amazing claim

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Re: Next step

Now that they know the location, they could call out the AA.

Although I think you might need to be standing next to it with your membership card.

(Sheldon, The Big Bang Theory)

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GRENADE! Project Zero pops pin on ANOTHER WINDOWS 0-DAY

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Dear El Reg

Please stop putting huge irrelevant annoying pictures on every article. Not all of your readers are on SuperFast 6G ultraband and they waste not just paid bandwidth but precious time in loading.

If you do insist on continuing with pictures, if you're going to put a a picture of a man giving the bird (even a cartoon) then please put NSFW in the article title.

And please feel free to copy this comment to the forum about recent changes to the format of El Reg - I couldn't find a link to it.

Thanks

Velv

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Jammin', we know you hate jammin' too: Marriott U-turns on guest Wi-Fi ban

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"Marriott remains committed to protecting the security of Wi-Fi access in meeting and conference areas at our hotels."

There's your problem. You shouldn't be encouraging anybody to trust the security of your network. lUsers need to be taught not to trust any network they don't own, and what protections they need to take before using someone else's network.

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Denmark mulls new EU-defying session-logging law

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Big Brother

Please remind the Danish government of the Microsoft Ireland v US Government case, as data like this could be requested by the US if the telco has a vague US connection, WITHOUT the need to ask the Danish.

Talk about the NSA getting data surreptitiously, this is giving them it on a plate!

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GoPro feels COLD BREATH of APPLE on back of neck

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How can 8,933,876 ever have been granted when it actually cites the Kinect?

Just proves the Merkin patent office is broken

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Microsoft lets devs with form skip MCSD exam

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The vast majority of what you pass exams on at school is irrelevant (and often not the truth or out of date, but that's a separate issue).

The vast majority of what you pass exams on at University is irrelevant.

Tha vast majority of what you pass exams on with a vendor is irrelevant to the day to day bread and butter of the job.

But in each you've proven you can read boring shit relevant to a subject and remember some of it at a later time. And this might be the differentiator between two people who claim to be rocket scientists. Once you've worked at NASA for 3 years and proven you know your shit your next NASA job is granted by who you know, not what you know. If can't prove you know somebody or something, then to your next potential employer you're shit.

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Analysts claim itty bitty iPhone Mini to land next year

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Lies, damned lies and statistics...

"A recent report from analytics firm Flurry placed small-screen phones at just 2 per cent of new devices activated during the Christmas week."

Is it however chicken and egg...

Has the lack of small screen models (I can't name one) driven the lack of activations?

Like so many others, I've stayed with the iPhone 5 as I find the size just fits my pockets, and there doesn't seem to be much in the Android or Windows lines that's getting smaller either. Maybe there isn't a market, or maybe there is a market and nothing to fill it...

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When algorithms ATTACK: Facebook sez soz for tacky 'Year in Review' FAIL

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Call me cynical, but I suspect the Year Review feature was discussed in great depths with the pros and cons being deeply explored. And the Marketing wanks won't see any downside to the "bad" publicity which has now developed.

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UK flights CRIPPLED by system outage that shut ALL London airspace

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Somebody booked the NATS Christmas party for tonight and in order for everyone to attend they need to close the centre...

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Denmark BANNED from viewing UK furniture website in copyright spat

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Two words...

Barbra Streisand

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Europe's top court mulls vandal's right to privacy after bloke catches thug on home CCTV

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Re: The end of the Surveillance State?

I think you'd struggle to break those windows.

Well, not without using C4, and I suspect the breaking of the window would be the least of your worries after that.

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USB Forum submits itself to electrical probing

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Re: 100W ?!?!?

From looking up the standards it appears devices can negotiate their power capabilities, so lower power devices can in theory have smaller cables that won't melt since their power will be capped.

In theory

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