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Brit ISPs ordered to add more movie-streaming websites to block list

firefly

Thanks BPI!

Apart from the obvious ones (TPB etc), I've never heard of these sites. Since it is piss-easy to evade these blocks I think I'll pay them a visit and download something.

Will they ever learn about the Streisand Effect?

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KRAKOOM! iPad Air EXPLODES in FIREBALL, terrified fanbois FLEE Apple store

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Re: Ford Orion

I had a Mk1 ('84) Orion Ghia and it was a nice car, like an armchair on wheels, the CVH engine was ok for the time and it had decent styling. Then the Mk2 came out, the soft plastics gave way to cheap hard plastics, the styling was blander, it actually had less equipment than the Mk1 and the CVH engines were being showed up by Vx's OHC engine and others. Then we had the complete and utter train wreck of the 1990 model Escort/Orions. It seems only Ford could turn out progressively worse cars with each new generation.

I actually have a Focus now and it's a decent car but I'm surprised Ford are still in business today considering some of the crap they turned out from the mid 80's up to the late 90's.

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WAIT! What's that sound? It's Intel stomping into the 'Internet of Things'

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@KitD

What you're describing is telemetry, which is already in place for most of the things you describe and has been around for decades.

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Re: Stop......+1

I'd also like to know what exactly Intel are bringing to the table here. How is having an Intel chip in my washing machine going to offer so much more functionality than an ARM chip that costs 50p?

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Fed up with Windows? Linux too easy? Get weird, go ALTERNATIVE

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Re: Emacs

It would if it came with a decent text editor.

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Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2: Quick start guide for sysadmins

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Re: License key madness

Microsoft seems to have forgotten that lax use of VL keys, and dare I say piracy have helped get them get where they are.

If they had KMS and MAK activation back in the 1990s, we'd all be running Linux on our desktops today.

I used to have a TechNet subscription but they just shitcanned that and are forcing everyone to get an MSDN sub for ten times the cost. Sometimes I wonder if they want us to use their products at all.

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iPhone 5S: Apple, you're BORING us to DEATH (And you too, Samsung)

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Re: Competition

Maybe, just maybe it's because smart people like to buy a 16GB phone and pay an extra £12 for a 32GB SD card rather than shell out an extra £100 for the higher memory model.

With Apple you have no choice but to get bled dry if you want extra memory in your phone.

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TDK calls it quits on tape media thanks to 'difficult environment'

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Re: Backup

Even the cloud has to be backed up somehow.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/01/28/google_oracle/

That is one hell of a tape library.

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Oh noes! New 'CRISIS DISASTER' at Fukushima! Oh wait, it's nothing. Again

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Re: Beta?

True, however while alpha particles can be stopped by the skin they cause immense damage if inhaled or ingested, as Alexander Litvinenko found to his cost.

Beta emitting radioactive iodines have a habit of accumulating in the thyroid gland, which is why potassium iodide tablets are issued to people after a nuclear incident to 'fill up' the thyroid, preventing the takeup of the radioactive iodines.

Thyroid cancer is the most common cancer associated with nuclear accidents, but it's one of the most treatable cancers known, with well over 90% of people surviving.

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Green German gov battles to keep fossil powerplants running

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Re: Intresting to note

According to the BBC's own article Fukushima leak is a Level 1 incident, the lowest you can get and classed as a mere anomoly. So ask yourself why they the hell they even wrote a piece on it, let alone publish it on the front page.

People should also ask why there has been little reporting on how the Japanese people are trying to rebuild their lives after a disaster that claimed over 20,000 people, yet an incident that has cost no lives gets all the column inches.

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Webcam stripper strikes back at vicious 4Chan trolls after year of bullying

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Re: Daily Fail

And also the same Daily Mail that campaigned relentlessly for justice in the Stephen Lawrence case whilst no one else seemingly gave a shit.

I don't quite get the hate for the Daily Mail. Yes it's a rag with a right-wing slant but it seems that Guardianistas and their ilk love to berate it.

If you really want to pour scorn on a mainstream newspaper look no further than the Daily Express. Most of the crap they print varies from being plain wrong to downright disturbing.

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Re: To troll in and of itself.

You can't help but snigger when the Anons trolled Oprah..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2x0bv-WisEc

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Unreal: Epic’s would-be Doom... er... Quake killer

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Re: Unreal Tournament & II for me

I liked the UT games, but there's a reason why they never took off in pro-gaming.

The problem with the UT series was both the movement and netcode was inferior to Quake. UT had to resort to double jumps, dodging and adrenaline combos to achieve what could be easily done in Quake with normal movement. The prediction engine was also a little suspect, I recall many times the thing registering a miss when I was certain I had the shot.

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Linux 3.11 to be known as 'Linux for Workgroups'

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Re: Windows 3.x was never an Operating System

The daddy of them all during that era was RiscOS, OK it didn't have true pre-emptive multitasking but it was buttery smooth on the fast ARM hardware and never got in the way of you getting stuff done.

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NASA to flip ion engine's 'OFF' switch after brilliant 5.5 year burn

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Re: Once you get to top speed

Quite easily, flip the craft 180 degrees and your thruster becomes a brake. This is has been proposed as a means of moving humans through deep space, you accelerate the craft at around 1G until you achieve half-light speed then flip the craft around and decelerate at 1G, the advantage being that a similar gravity to the Earth is maintained throughout the vogage the avoiding muscle atrophy of the occupants.

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Google to double encryption key lengths for SSL certs by year's end

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Stop

Pah

Surely 13,407,807,929,942,597,099,574,024,998,205,846,127,479,365,820,592,393,377,723,561,443,721,764,030,​073,546,976,801,874,298,166,903,427,690,031,858,186,486,050,853,753,882,811,946,569,946,433,649,006,084,096 keys ought to be enough for anybody.

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FLABBER-JASTED: It's 'jif', NOT '.gif', says man who should know

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Headmaster

Re: Sega

I get riled at people who think Nike, both the sporting goods manufacturer and the Greek goddess of victory, only has one syllable.

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Gigabyte bats Brix at Intel's tiny NUC PC

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Re: How much !

The articles I have read on NUC so far suggest around £220+VAT. On top of that you will need to shell out for RAM, storage and a wi-fi adapter.

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Re: How much !

The NUC pricing is even more ridiculous than the Ultrabook platform. Goes to prove that Intel are addicted to ludicrously high margins on everything they sell, and that will probably be their undoing.

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I salute Lady THATCHER - Shoreditch's SILICON GODMOTHER

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Re: I'm old enough

Me too, how I long for the days of blackouts, 3-day weeks, perpetual strikes, rubbish piled up on the streets and waiting up to a year to have something simple as a telephone installed in my home.

Thatch put an end to all that, Bitch indeed.

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Bitcoin exchange: Greedy traders to blame for DDoS attack

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Trollface

Well considering that MtGox stands for Magic the Gathering Online Exchange (seriously), I think your beans would be quite safe there.

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Giant solar-powered aircraft to begin cross-country flight

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Re: Units and comparisons...

Km/h for air or sea travel is indeed an abomination but not for the reason you stated. A knot is one nautical mile per hour, and a nautical mile is one minute of an degree of latitude. A pilot will know that for every 60 knots of groundspeed they travel east (or west), they will travel 1 degree of longitude every hour.

It's one of the few 'old' measurements that makes better sense than metric, and quite frankly any change towards km/h should be resisted.

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Production-ready ZFS offers cosmic-scale storage for Linux

firefly

It does indeed. A modest home NAS running ZFS demands a minimum of 8GB and 16GB is preferable if you're running any kind RAID-Z.

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CCTV hack takes casino for $33 MILLION in poker losses

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Linux

Re: Cojones

I don't see how the casino lost anything. In poker you're playing against your fellow players around the table and not against the house. The house makes its money by taking a small percentage of each pot, known as the rake, or in tournament play they will take 10-15% of the buy-in.

The only possibility is that the casino, so not to piss off some valued customers, voluntarily compensated the players who were scammed.

Linux, because...

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RBS and NatWest FAIL downs services across UK

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Happy

Re: FAIL felt as far as Oregon

Try your local credit union. Many of them now offer debit cards and direct debits and while they don't pay interest, they often pay a dividend of 3% or more.

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Keyboard, you're not my type

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Re: Best keyboard?

Unicomp bought all the Model M tooling and kit from IBM and the keyboards they make are pretty much identical to the originals save for things like USB and Windows keys. They even have the thick steel backboard like the original.

I like the Model M but I'd get crucified if I used one in the office for the racket they make. Cherry have a nice range of keyboards that have fairly quiet mechanical switches.

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Out of ARM's way, Brit chip juggernaut runs over analysts again

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Re: Genuine question

Absolutely. ARM is the Have It Your Way (tm) chip designer. You can licence entire SoC designs, or licence the ISA and build it in to your designs. Or licence anything else you like about ARM for that matter. You can then go to any chip-baker you like to build them for you be that TSMC, Global Foundries or Warburtons.

With Intel it's all or nothing, you can't licence x86, you buy entire CPUs from them or nothing at all. This inflexibility will be their undoing, not to mention their ludicrous pricing and addiction to 60%+ margins.

A number of people are pointing towards Intel's future designs with their potential to best ARM on performance and equal them with power consumption but it doesn't matter how good they are. Intel are late to the party, and in the the rapidly declining PC market it's hard to see how they can supply chips for $10 and still maintain their position as as a industry bellwether.

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Red-faced, sweating and still in your chair: Welcome to eSports

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Stop

"They must invest heavily in their equipment"

Rubbish. I was an avid Quake/HL/UT player 'back in the day' and I knew several players of much higher ability than myself who went on to play in professional tournies. The striking thing was that many of them used old ball mice and CRT monitors for their rigs, long after optical and LCD became the norm.

People who insist on expensive 'gaming' kit remind me of golfers who think that a £5k set of clubs will cure their slice. The height of the lunacy was the 'gaming NIC' that would give you no change from 100 notes for a theoretical 0.1s reduction in latency.

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UK gov probes Comet crash: Public, private sectors LOST £257m

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Stop

Re: Who the hell uses shops these days?

So they say, but I've picked up several items from bricks and mortar stores in the last week that have been the same price or marginally cheaper than Amazon. And those shops pay corporation tax.

Did online grocery shopping once. Dented tins, bruised fruit and vegetables that looked like they'd been sat on and bread that had a day of shelf life left. At least in a shop you can pick out the nice looking undamaged stuff and do a 'reacharound' for the fresh bread at the back of the shelf.

Don't get me wrong, I shop online frequently for obscure or tech stuff, but those who shop for *everything* online are not getting the best value for money and are quite frankly, lazy.

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Ocean seeding a dead duck as carbon solution

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Joke

Re: I wonder if there is a way to process atmospheric CO2 into graphite?

The problem with converting CO2 into diamonds is not technical, it's the inevitable cease and desist order you'd be getting from DeBeers.

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Stephen Hawking pushes for posthumous pardon for Alan Turing

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Stop

Why stop at Turing?

Why not pardon those executed for witchcraft, the Tolpuddle martyrs or the victims of the Bloody Assizes?

Turing is one of my heroes but he was convicted under the law at the time however reprehensible we find that today. Let that conviction stand as a reminder of an age where we understood what makes us human a little less than we do today.

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Microsoft Windows Server 2012: Why Bother?

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Re: Licencing hell

OK it's now clear that you're a MIcrosoft shill or you're just indulging in some good old fashioned trolling.

There's a reason why Linux powers 95% of the world's supercomputers and 80% of webservers. Clue: it's to do with scalability and cost.

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Ten four-bay NAS boxes

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Facepalm

Re: Absurdly Expensive

First of all I call bullshit on your figures, 12x2TB drives would cost at least £800 alone, an MSA shelf would be another £800 and that's before you've bought your HBA and server. Secondly the NAS devices reviewed here are designed for homes and small offices and are designed to be quiet and consume little power. Your disk shelf, drives and server would consume around 300w and would make a hell of a racket. And thirdly, these devices are designed for simple storage where transfer rates, especially writes, are relatively inconsequential.

Apples to oranges doesn't really begin to describe it.

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Re: HP Proliant Micrpserver

Totally agree, the price of these NAS devices is ludicrous considering a Microserver is £120 after cashback, comes with 2GB of RAM, a 256GB drive and supports ECC. The 5.25" bay is also useful if you want to install an optical or tape drive or even another 2 HDs for a total of 6.

Granted they don't work out of the box, so you're going to have to fill it with drives and install and configure your favourite OS, but I don't think that's beyond most Reg readers.

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Dyson alleges spy stole 'leccy motor secrets for Bosch

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Re: I can't say

Ah yes Kirbys. As faithfull to Murray Spangler's original pillow case and fan design as you can get. Love the way all the dirt has to go through the fan and that lovely grinding noise you get when if you happen to suck up a coin. Not to mention the dusting you have to do after you've finished vacuuming because ninety percent of what you've sucked up has been blown back into the room.

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Re: Bah!

Henrys are great machines that will go on forever but like any suction-only cleaner they're utter shite at cleaning carpet due to the lack of a brush/beater bar. Yes I know you can get a power head as an option but I've never seen one in the wild.

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Microsoft has no plans for a second Windows 7 Service Pack

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Devil

Re: Learning from XP

Looks like the Microsoft upgrade treadmill just started turning a bit faster.

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Black hole spews out 2-million-light-year-long stream of WTF

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Re: Nnnnng

"The simple truth is that interstellar distances will not fit into the human imagination" - D.N.A.

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Calxeda plots server dominance with ARM SoCs

firefly

Small servers

We have a number of branch sites, some with no more than half a dozen workstations. All of them have some hulking great tower server sitting under a desk making a racket and helping to keep the place uncomfortably warm. Most of them just act as a DC, serve files and printing and the CPU is idling 99% of the time. I've always thought that this would perfect application for a low-power, fanless ARM server.

Microsoft have missed a trick by wasting their ARM licence on Windows RT. They should be porting Windows Server to ARM. Though Intel might have something to say about that..

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Moody's downgrades Nokia to near-junk status

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Re: Actually quite like it

I agree that Brian is probably giving an honest account of his experiences. The downvotes are probably due to the suspicion that he is one of the legions of astroturfers in the pay of Microsoft. The problem is so bad on many web forums that any post with even tacit praise of Microsoft and their products will be down-modded.

Quite sad really, but you can only blame Microsoft for such marketing tactics that seem to be backfiring.

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Bio student thrown in the clink for Muamba Twitter rant

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Stop

Slippery slope..

Quite rightly, this little slimeball has been condemned for his vile, disturbing comments. But what people should be finding more disturbing is that in 21st century Britain people are now being jailed for expressing an opinion. Previously you could only be brought to book if you incited violence but now it seems an opinion that's at odds with the mainstream can earn you a stretch in the clink. How long is it before this is extended to religion or even politics?

Sorry, but I'm with Voltaire on this one.

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Moog goes boom with itty-bitty bass synth

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Stop

As a 'proper' bass player

That is a 'proper' bass being one being one made out of dead trees, I demand that you remove this article and destroy any review units you have in your possession.

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Cloud on the rise (Love JANET)

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Happy

When I worked as a university sysadmin a decade ago I must have downloaded the entire internet several times over, often the 100m connection to my desktop being the limiting factor. This when consumer broadband was in its infancy and you had an 0.5 meg connection at home if you were lucky. Happy days.

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Microsoft exec departs after tweet about Nokia phone

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Flame

Titties are required

As far as I'm concerned the billions amassed by Gates, Allen & co were aquired through anti-competitive and monopolistic practices. Billions that have ultimately come from our pockets. Even if you've never bought a Microsoft product in your life it's certain that a portion of the taxes you pay end up in their coffers through government purchases.

I'd rather have that money in my pocket and *I* will decide which charity benefits from it.

Flame away.

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BioWare blows brains with intro cinematics for Star Wars MMO

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Flame

Gameplay spoiler

After that amazing intro you are given your first quest:

Collect 10 rat tails

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Dim Brits think TARDIS IS REAL

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Paris Hilton

I'm pretty sure..

..that people take the piss when it comes to dumb surveys like this. I know I would.

Ask stupid questions, get stupid answers.

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Buffalo Linkstation Pro Duo 2TB Nas

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Good thing about Linkstations..

..is that they are very hackable. First thing to do with them after you take it out of the box is get rid of Buffalo's OS and install Debian. Or if that is too much for your needs then there is a choice of custom firmware if you want extra functionality. Community support is excellent, dare I say better than Buffalo's.

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Currys punts cut-price 3D TV pack for Xmas

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Heart

I love Currys

They give me the opportunity to touch, feel and try out goods before I order them online for 30% less.

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