* Posts by Craigness

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Free Windows 10 could mean the END for Microsoft and the PC biz

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Re: Sorry...

"New versions of Windows and sales of new PCs go hand in hand"

...because people can't buy a new PC and put their old OS on it, and (almost) never buy a new version of Windows for an old PC.

On the other hand, I bought an OS-free PC last year but might get Windows 10 for it this year.

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Free forever

With reputable journalists stating "Windows 10 will be free – for one year" it's easy to be mistaken. They should write something like "upgrading to Windows 10 will free for one year".

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FIVE Things (NOT 10: these are REAL) from the WINDOWS 10 event

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Re: OS upgrades?

That's because upgrades were expensive.

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Re: Microsoft is still not listening

Touch UI is fine, they just need to change the cursor to a circle to mimic the positioning/shadow of a finger. The Asus Transformer tablets do that and it works.

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Intel offers big bucks for black women

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Re: That is it, Intel, take away the motivation for most of your existing workforce.

Head East, young (white) man.

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Gamergate

"I don't like your art" is different from the actual criticism, which was more like "Your art should not be allowed." Charlie Hebdo, anyone?

"Fine, go away and create your own games, and stop using discredited claims about connections between gaming and violence etc" was the response, not "We hate women." If the intention was to target women and get them out of gaming, there would have been a LOT more "victims" (it's really not hard to find women in the videogames industry!), and the victims would not be so worthy of the attention they received.

When ZQ got The Fine Young Capitalist's campaign for more women in game design stopped it was ignored, because she's a woman. When Gamergate stepped in and funded the project they were ignored because it didn't fit the narrative of misogyny. Harassment, doxing and sexist attacks on gamers are allowed, because gamers can be dismissed as male. Criticism of women is not allowed because women are the supreme gender. Truth is, nobody wants women out of game playing or design, but the narrative that the industry/subculture is anti-women HAS lead to women pulling out (and in 2 cases, being pulled from school by their frightened parents!).

Literally Wu lied, the world's media ran with it because they like the misandrist narrative and "war on women" theme, and now women think they'll be unsafe in gaming as a result. But Wu's Patreon is over $15k/month now (privilege much?), she has an excuse for her Kickstarter being so late, and the gender-baiting media got a lot of clicks, so it was all worth it.

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Meanwhile, Intel has teamed up with an organisation which promoted a blacklist of "harassers" which included KFC and one of their own senior staff members, and another organisation run people who promote the sexist idea of "toxic masculinity" and that “San Francisco is full of repugnant white dudes who believe capitalism and their personal technology idea will the save the poor brown people.”

I oppose sexism, racism and hate groups so I won't buy Intel products.

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Hey look! Microsoft's workforce isn't all white men

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Re: Mythical

@h4rm0ny you are unaware of the enormous efforts to encourage women and girls into STEM subjects, so you NEED to read this article:

http://mra-uk.co.uk/?p=325

It lists some of the industry, school, government and NGO programmes and encouragement for getting women into physics, where just over 40% of graduates are female, and also engineering. 40% of biology grads are male, so you should research for yourself the programmes for them, but I doubt you'll find any because nobody cares about men. The article goes on to assess the efforts made to get more men into teaching and finds there is close to nothing, but there are efforts to discourage those who would seek equality in that industry. You come across as being totally ignorant of the levels of gynocentrism and misandry in western society, so you really should read the article. It will help you.

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Re: Mythical

I didn't mention statistics! Boys and girls definitely are different, but that doesn't mean you should dismiss cultural effects, it just means you shouldn't ignore the fact that boys and girls are different. Can you do that? The list of countries where the gender split in STEM is most even are not in the free world. When people have more choices they are more likely to be influenced along gender lines. If that's not the sort of culture you want, then go to Iran (it's top of the list).

Even if girls and boys are equally good at maths you'd expect more men to be mathematicians if women are better communicators and more able to use their mathematical skills in better paid professions. And that's what happens.

Teaching and psychology are well paid professions where men are underrepresented. Medicine and Dentistry students are 58% female, Law students are 62% female, student vets are 80% female (The Guardian, degrees awarded in 2012). Nobody cares because it favours women. Refuse collectors are poorly paid and men are overrepresented there. Nobody cares because it favours women.

"we need to keep the pressure on to truly change this."

And the grants and encouragement which girls get and boys don't? It would be good to change that and treat people equally.

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Mythical

Are you sure there is anything telling girls they "don't do STEM"? If you spend any time looking into it you'll find there is far more encouragement (and grants) for girls than for boys as far as STEM and related fields go. But that doesn't mean girls think they "don't do social work" or "don't do paediatrics", or that they should prefer STEM to any of the myriad options they are told are definitely "for them". When it comes to the crunch, you can't make them do what you want them to.

And why does nobody care about fields where men are underrepresented? Perhaps if boys were not told that teaching is "not for them" there would be fewer men in STEM. They're not told that though, are they? It's a myth just like "the idea that girls don't *do* STEM". What we need to accept is that boys and girls are different.

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Diverse != Good

Do you want it to be equal (80% white because 80% of people are white) or diverse (20% white because there are 5 main races)?

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Global and local, black and white.

IIRC Google's survey was of its US staff, so their 61% white figure means they have a lot to do in order to achieve a proper racial representation (close to 80% of the population is white) and therefore avoid accusations of racism. If someone were to count the representation by religion they might find some uncomfortable biases there too. Microsoft's data seems to be global, but with their history as a North American company it's to be expected that a more than representative number of staff would be white.

As for the number of women, it's likely this is caused by (primarily female) kindergarden teachers and pink toys (or perhaps because Lego doesn't come in pink boxes?): the number of women working in tech, relative to men, is actually higher than the number interested in tech at age 12. So there are obviously sexist forces keeping men out of the industry after that age, but something forcing girls before that age to adopt gender roles. Something must be done. We need another study. And more funding. And someone should address the issue of institutionalised sexism forcing men out of the teaching profession, as this might be the cause of girls choosing the wrong careers and thereby harming the cause of global equality (the matriarchy hurts girls too!).

Have those congresswomen also raised the important issue of sexism forcing men out of the psychology profession and racism keeping whites from playing certain professional sports? I'm sure they would have, because they wouldn't want to appear either bigoted or just incredibly ignorant.

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Useless 'computer engineer' Barbie FIRED in three-way fsck row

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Re: Not the right way to promote IT among girls... but realistic, after all

"she could strip down, repair, even improve anything mechanical"

Sounds like the perfect woman, but why did she have to be naked?

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Re: Oh dear me no.

Girls who play with dolls, and their parents, are the impervious ones. The pressure I see to make girls play as boys is quite aggressive.

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Loser

There was a similar storyline in an episode of Lost: The Hot Blonde One was asked to gather sticks for a fire but turned on the charm and got The Fat Guy to fetch them instead. Her brother complained that she'd not fetched the sticks but she pointed out that she actually had. She and Barbie are equally empowered but feminists won't see it that way because they want equal representation only in safe, well-respected, high-paying jobs like Programmer and will never demand equality in lumber yards.

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Renewable energy 'simply WON'T WORK': Top Google engineers

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Solar Roadways show our future

If you want to know the future of energy, look at the Solar Roadways project. It's been soundly debunked by various sources on grounds such as the energy it could provide would be produced far more cheaply by other methods and without the maintenance headache (tilted solar panels by the side of the road, for example). But because it's "cool" (it's solar! - free energy!) people who see the debunkings retain their faith in it, and have given the kickstarter project ridiculous amounts of money. The US taxpayer has chipped in too.

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I'M SO SORRY, sobs Rosetta Brit boffin in 'sexist' sexy shirt storm

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Re: Sad, y'know?

@fibbles this is what feminism is about nowadays, and it's never been about equality. When they fought for voting rights men could only vote if they made themselves available to be conscripted (in many US states this is still the case), but women wanted to be a class above, and get the benefits of citizenship without any of the responsibilities. When women were 40% of university students it was an "equality" problem that feminists wanted to fix, but now men are 40% they have no desire to make men equal, and instead campaign against men's groups and men's centres on campus, whilst removing due process from men accused of sexual assault and banning the culture of straight white males (dubbed "lad culture"). They don't want equality of representation among people working in sewers, but they have got it into EU law that 40% of board members must be women, even though women's choices regarding work-life balance, and what they study at university, suggest a non-discriminatory outcome would be far lower than 40%.

Leading, recognised feminists should take some time out from attacking men and make it absolutely clear that they oppose the people who harassed Mr Taylor over his shirt. Otherwise we will call those people feminists, and so will they themselves.

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Re: Anyone up for....

And Hollister, for their misandrist, sexualizing bags. Again, no takers.

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Re: I hope

Some harassers have claimed that's what he was wearing. The Daily Telegraph even claimed the women were wearing "bondage gear" and didn't mention any of the huge amount of support he was getting, only the opposition voices.

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A first test for WAM on Twitter

The good news is that Twitter has something in place to resolve all the gender-based harassment he's been getting, and the women doing it from the UK will have their IPs tracked and each get 2-year prison sentences. This will prove WAM is committed to ending harassment and is not just another feminist group censoring egalitarian viewpoints and anti-feminists statistics.

Bowie predicted all this, you know:

You really made the grade

And the papers want to know whose shirts you wear

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Twitter turns to women's group to sort out its cyberbullying issues

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Re: "men's rights" pantywaists

I could spend all day reporting feminists for gender-based harassment, abuse and misandry but I doubt Twiter would do anything about it, and putting a feminist group in between victims of feminist abuse and the people who do the banning will just make it less likely that anything will be done. #endfathersday

When Facebook let feminists judge what freedom of speech should be allowed they banned a poster for a Men's Human Rights event and facts on sexual assault on university campuses (the facts belie the message they want to project).

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Re: The real problem is ...

Graham, the people doxxing, harassing and making death threats against the diverse range of activists trying to reform videogame journalism seem to have got away with it, and WAM wants to minimize the harassment men face on a daily basis, which is actually more prevalent than that faced by women. The only solution available for men and ethical journalism fans is to ignore the trolls. If it's good enough for us, why not expect women to act like adults too?

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Google Calendar jumps into Inbox/Gmail era

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Re: The New Microsoft

They put Material Design in Ios to make your upgrade to Android even smoother.

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BBC clamps down on ILLICIT iPlayer watchers

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Re: Oh jesus feck BBC....

What about Plex and Chromecast?

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Ubuntu's shiny 10th birthday Unicorn: An upgrade fantasy

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Re: The best thing about Ubuntu is...

As a Unity (is the best thing about Ubuntu) user I understand how ignorant your comment is. As a Xubuntu user you will never know.

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Lollipop unwrapped: Chromium WebView will update via Google Play

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They can provide their own web view because it's open source and there is no lock in. They have their own browser, don't they?

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Pay a tax on every gigabyte you download? Haha, that's too funny. But not to Hungarians

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Are you a slave?

Taxes on income don't seem to be a human rights issue. Do you own yourself and everything you create, or do "they" own your output? Freedom to work is a human right, I assume.

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Three words: that's four words

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Not such a bad idea

A Land Value Tax is the only economically efficient tax because it encourages more efficient use of land and can prevent speculators buying up land in the hope someone will build infrastructure near it. It's hard to evade because land is easy to track, and the tax take is closely related to the GDP so government "investment" and benefits should rise along with the nation's wealth. That's fine in a mostly agrarian economy where economic value is derived from the land (Adam Smith was a fan) but when value is created in cyberspace it would put a disproportionate burden on farmers relative to Amazon and the like. Taxing each gigabyte is a bit like taxing each acre, so this is something of a Land Tax for the modern age.

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'Cowardly, venomous trolls' threatened with TWO-YEAR sentences for menacing posts

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Re: So in theory

You forgot treason.

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Re: And right on queue...

5 years, because it's easier than unsubscribing. You imply this law will be used to silence people people don't like so have you considered whether people dislike you?

For the record I read those messages without phoning the police.

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AMD pays new CEO $150K LESS than her male predecessor

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The norm

It is the norm, but this time it's happened to a woman! When David Moyes got less than Alex Ferguson despite being less experienced and less successful, he was a man so it was ok. If Davina Moyes got the same deal as David then it would have been sexism.

The gender wage gap is not a colleague-to-colleague comparison, it is the average wage of full time workers. A female secretary with GCSEs working 35 hours is compared to a male executive with an MBA working 50 hours and the only factors which matter for the comparison are their pay and gender. When other factors are accounted for the difference goes away, so they tend not to be accounted for.

And if those two happen to be married, she will spend more of his money than he does, so who cares where it comes from?

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Aboard the GOOD SHIP LOLLIPOP, there's a Mobe and a Slab and a TELLYBOX

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Price

As a N7 owner I thought the same, until I saw the price of the 9!

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Re: there's now an Amazon Prime Android app

@JDX it's about a month old. And it's much more of a pain to install and set up than it needs to be >-(

@Richard they don't have Prime on Chromecast either, so it's probably a control thing. But I wouldn't rule out incompetence as it took them years to get it to Android.

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Nexus 6 availability

Preorders at the end of the month, available in November.

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Chromecast is great for HD streaming over wifi. I doubt the new thing will be worse.

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As a former Asus Transformer owner I prefer to do actual work on an actual computer. Adding a keyboard is great but isn't enough.

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Martha Lane Fox: YEUCH! The Internet is MADE by MEN?!?

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Alternatives

If it bothers her she could stick to things made by women, such as...

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No one wants iOS 8 because it's for NERDS - dev

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Re: Just catching up with Android

On ios8 using a 3rd party keyboard makes the device freeze. Android certainly didn't have that in 2012.

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Facebook scammers punt fake 'sexy vid' of Emma Watson

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That talk

She didn't stand up against sexism, she asked men to get involved in women's fight for "equality". She didn't mention men's equality, ergo she is not anti-sexism. And because women cannot be equal without men also being equal, she is not for equality either.

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HOT BABES! Worried you won't get that JOB in IT? MENTION how hot you are

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Re: Why is there such a push to get women into IT?

"We have to work at creating the right conditions until females coding is normalised."

No we don't. Just like we don't need to have more men in female-dominated professions, we don't need to have more women in male-dominated professions. The only difference is that there is no effort and no money to get more men into teaching, health, etc. If "strength through diversity" were truly the goal, we would want to advance the interests of boys as well as girls and give everyone the same opportunities. We don't, because the goal is to have women dominant everywhere. Is there anyone in the mainstream who thinks it is in any way a bad thing that women are 60% of graduates, 70% of medical students, out-earning men in their 20s etc. Female dominance is seen as a triumph, male dominance is seen as problematic.

For homework, compare the gender-based grants available for male teachers and female engineers.

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Re: Why is there such a push to get women into IT?

It's because women already dominate most other professions.

Via google translate: http://www.dn.se/debatt/feminiserade-storstader-dominerar-snart-varlden/

"Of the 15 occupations expected to grow the most over the next decade in the United States dominated all but two of the women"

Ironically, in more egalitarian countries, women are more likely to take on "traditional" jobs like healthcare. When the choose, that's what they choose.

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Dress corporate

As a man I feel there are far more options for women to "dress corporate" whilst not looking like they're necessarily trying to stand above the crowd. For guys there's the suit. You might get away with taking off your jacket (but you still need to arrive in one) or rolling up your sleeves, but when you take your tie off you don't look like potential management material, and chinos send the same message. With a tie on, you don't fit the part of the IT guy. Women can be sleeveless, open-collared, jacket on or off and fit in pretty much anywhere on the hierarchy.

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Is Apple incubating a Macbook, iPad bastard child?

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"Apple's way is to have a UI that is suited to the hardware it is running on." And Ubuntu's was Ubuntu Netbook Remix, not Unity.

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Linux systemd dev says open source is 'SICK', kernel community 'awful'

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Re: Reverse racism

Conversely, what response do you think you'd get if you complained about the "lack" of white people in hip-hop and blamed it on black people creating a hostile culture?

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Re: This is the pot calling the kettle black.

Who is the bad guy? Is it the dictator who comes down hard on people who screw up, and gives the world a secure, versatile OS for free, or is it the one who thinks women and black people are not capable of succeeding in such an environment?

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Re: Bias

White people are an underrepresented demographic at those US offices and the new goal of "diversity" instead of "equality" means they will become even more so. They have to go somewhere, and if the OS community doesn't discriminate against them, that's where they will go.

It does seem quite sexist and racist to assume women and non-whites cannot cope in a high pressure environment. But if you frame your bigotry as anti-white, anti-male then you'll get a lot of coverage.

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Facebook apologizes for binning accounts of drag queens

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Re: Straight rights?

That's basically the response I gave to the commenter who brought up the issue. Why can't drag queens do the same though?

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Straight rights?

Someone commented here recently about their friend who wanted to use her stage name on Facebook to connect with her fans. She could be gay, but it's something a straight person might want to do as well, so will Facebook extend its apology to the straight community and allow them to choose their own names too?

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It's actually harming facebook's revenues. If I support ideas which I don't want my boss to know about (she's a racist homophobic vegan Norfolk separatist in case you were wondering) then I'll use something other than facebook for those discussions, and to post pictures of my barbecue parties. So facebook will know less about me and not be able to show the most appropriate adverts.

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What's a Chromebook good for? How about running PHOTOSHOP?

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Re: No printer and scanners support, does it support graphic tablets?

Whaaaa I can't use my crayons with this! Whaaa they're forcing me to use this and automatically uninstalling the real photoshop! Whaaa I'm not allowed to attach a monitor to a chromebook! Whaaaa chromebooks don't let you install offline apps and even though they do I'll still complain they don't! Whaaa software has been done before so this is nothing new!

Calm down, dears. I suspect this is something of an experiment to see what can be done with streamed apps and what needs to be improved in order to make the rest work. Chrome OS is improving all the time - native apps, mkv playback, MTS support, cloud storage API etc - and some day you'll all want one! Why do this with Photoshop instead of Pixlr? Heck, why not? Maybe it's another indication of what their pricing strategy will be in the future.

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