* Posts by Blitterbug

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Wileyfox smartphones: SD card, no bloatware, Cyanogen, big battery – yes to all!

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Re: Aren't these called Starburst nowadays?

...Only by Merkins & the very young... and don't even mention Sni... er, Marathons...

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ANIMALS being CUT UP to make Apple Watch straps

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Re: Prise 'em off an Australian surfer's leg?

Ty for the choking fit

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Windows 10 Start menu replacements shifting like hot cakes

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Re: There are others available

Hmm. Pokki sucks the big one. It's almost malware in its tenacity to cling to your system, and in my book any software that positively begs you not to dislodge it by definition requires the bin.

I tried startisback once, but it blew chunks.

I'm an ex-Start8 user who switched to ClassicShell as soon as they fixed some initial drag-n-drop issues with it. Bloody brilliant, I put it on all my clients' W8 (& now W10) machines. They love it. Not surprisingly...

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Shapps launches probe into Wikimedia UK over self-pluggery allegs

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You: wave hands again, claim to have read from the source, claim a lack of bias

...Interesting use of 'claim'. AGF, anyone? :)

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Re: Having just accepted personal liability...

...Odd response, that. Shouldn't you really have avoided personal liability? Why deliberately invite potential problems? But yes, I have read pretty much every piece of news about this including - as I believe I mentioned - scrutinising all the available WP 'evidence' first-hand.

For many years I've had a keen personal interest in various examples of alleged WP misbehaviour, which I've often followed closely in n attempt to gain insights into why people do these sorts of things - aside from the obvious such as massaging a BLP article, and so forth. At first this simply seemed another such example. And, rather than blindly fall victim to biased news coverage, I went directly to the source, spending many interesting hours reading through the DIFFs and talk page comments. Ultimately my opinion is only my opinion, but the 'evidence' that I saw certainly seems to correlate largely with the opinions expressed by the Guardian.

I think what I'm getting at here is Mr O's ongoing anti-WP stance as much as anything. I went to great pains in my previous post to point out my own political ambivalence, but this would appear to be the latest in a string of fairly anti-WP articles by the same author, and this intrigues me.

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Toys rapidly exiting the pram

WP has its flaws, and it's certainly very far from perfect, but there's really very little to dispute in this particular case. Politicians of every colour have been caught wiki-cooking during the run up to the last election, but this bozo takes the biscuit. Caught with his fingers in the figurative till, rather than gracefully admitting defeat, or just abandoning his alleged sockpuppet persona, he hung on for grim life in the face of ever-increasing evidence of his alleged activities.

I've followed this closely for months, and read all of the WP talk threads involved. Not because I have a political axe to grind; I couldn't give a monkey if this guy was Conservative, Labour or Lib Dem - but because this twerp has been disingenuous to a fault throughout the whole sorry mess. That's what annoys me.

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The Martian: Matt Damon sciences the sh*t out of the red planet

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Re: ...spot on in invoking the personal journal of a jobbing engineer

I understand where you're coming from, but most good first-person SF 'magically' has a highly literate prose style that evokes a sense of awesome. See RAH, Chris Priest, Ursula Le Guin etc. Sadly, clumsy prose doesn't come across as more realistic; it just feels clumsy.

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Headmaster

Re: Weir's book is well researched and compelling entertainment

It may be so, but I couldn't get past the awful, stilted prose. Robert Silverberg this just ain't. Had real high hopes when I bought this but I couldn't get past the tenth page. I so badly wanted to forget my snobbery and just enjoy it but dammit literate science fiction is my particular thang, and this just didn't cut it for me.

Icon because I am aware I'm coming over like an enraged (deranged?) Eng Lit prof.

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Abort, abort! Metal-on-metal VIOLENCE as Google's robo-car nearly CRASHES

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'his prototype was cut off by a Google vehicle'

I had to read that twice, after visions of the Google car extruding a robotic arm, reaching in to the other car's cabin and switching the ignition off.

Please could our UK site use UK terms in future?

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MILLIONS of broadband punters aren't getting it fast enough – Which?

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Re: Does Anyone Use this capacity?

Tim,

What the hell are you smoking, my man??

Do you not realise that a reasonably normal household containing yucky teenagers will absolutely bring your 7mb line to its knees? Minecraft, WoW, CoD, TeamSpeak, you name it. And that's before the porn! Hell, it's even before everyone else in the house's porn...

I'm apparently rare in that I actually get >90% of whatever package I am on from my ISP. But I use Entanet who buy from BT Wholesale. Example: I was on good old 8mb, of which I got between 7.5 - 8mb, but it wasn't quite fast enough for my, erm, needs so I got FTTC and now get between 18 - 20mb.

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Strapping strap-on chaps strap in to tap that vat of greenbacks

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Headline!

Nuthin to say about the story - but the headline is one of your best yet!

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100s of Virgin Media customers hit by handset repair glitch, telco admits

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WTF?

Re: Why is it their responsibility?

How is it not Virgin's responsibility? It's a business model beloved in these latter days of deregulation / unbundling, and it's called 'taking the utter piss'. Furthermore, do you not have older / elderly parents who come from an era where BT was the only game in town, and from whom you rented a line / handset for life? If not, can't you at least empathise with those of us who do, and who have to pitch in and sort out utter disgraces like this on a regular basis?

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Manchester car park lock hack leads to horn-blare hoo-ha

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Re: i have tested it on my self

Cool! How long have you been emitting RF in the 430mHz band? I'm sure there's a scalpel-wielding boffin or two just itching to have a 'chat' with someone like you...

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Microsoft's Surface 3 is sweet – but I wouldn't tickle my nads with it

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Re: Buy a nice a ultrabook, more practical and usable

It is a nice Ultrabook. Well, the Surface Pro is, and your rant seems aimed at all Surfaces, so I call BS on this particular comment. Plus, I use mine on my lap quite happily & its only a gen 1 Pro and therefore only has one stand position. So sorry, I call uninformed FUD on this entire post.

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For its next trick, Microsoft diminishes the iPad with just a driver

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Meh

Re: The only proper "Surface" devices I've known have ended up as showpieces...

Hmm. I'm using mine here (Surface Pro Mk 1) and it's my main desktop work PC these days, after I was bowled over by its performance (Core i5). I have a 4-way USB 3 hub plugged in the side socket, and a DisplayPort adapter connects to my 27" HDMI monitor. I use the Type cover and a Logitech mouse, and a USB-to-gigabit-Ethernet adapter plugged into the hub feeds it the interwebs. I just need to unplug two cables to pick it up and walk away with it.

As for all your other comments about getting 'real work' done, any x86-based Windows tablet of sufficient speed makes a perfect miniature Windows 8 workhorse, with a copy of ClassicShell installed. What they aren't so good at is being a tablet, but this form factor has been around long enough that there really shouldn't be any confusion or feelings of 'it doesn't do what I wanted' anymore.

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Flash banishes the spectre of the unrecoverable data error

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Re: Retconned units of measure piss me off

...good comeback!

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Retconned units of measure piss me off

Stopped reading at the first instance of KiB. And don't point me at Wikipedia, please. Just don't.

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Sorry, Windows 10 early adopters: Microsoft Edge WON'T block ads at launch

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Meh

Re: Oh, I see Microsoft have released Firefox Downloader Version 11

I read this and thought I had opened Ars by mistake...

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Apple to devs: Watch out, don't make the Watch into a, well, a watch

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Re: Microsoft managed to kinda do that with their Windows 7 Starter Edition OS

Yah but that was hacked within weeks with a nice mod that returned the 'personalise' option to the desktop right-click context menu. I recall applying this to many a Win7 Starter netbook. And MS didn't fight back with a patch, afaik...

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REVEALED: The 19 firms whose complaints form EU's antitrust case against Google

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Re: beckon call

...just... seriously?

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UK rail signals could be hacked to cause crashes, claims prof

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Happy

Re: mass-deaths

Interesting use of a hyphen there. Or were you referring to some kind of Einsteinian mass-to-energy conversion gizmo for use on the 6:35 to Victoria? I am intrigued.

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Soundbites: News in brief from the Wi-Fi audiophile files

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Re: 44.1 Khz is a higher 'resolution' already than my (and your) ears can hear

<sigh> At the risk of sounding like an audiophile twat, do I really need to mention Nyquist here?

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How a hack on Prince Philip's Prestel account led to UK computer law

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Happy

Re: my memory is that it was a BT Telecom Gold account that was hacked, not Prestel

I think Gold was accessed via the Prestel viewdata system, could be wrong tho.

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Re: just coz someone happened to fall out of a certain cunt...

Awesome.

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Firefox, Chrome, IE, Safari EXPLOITED to OWN Mac, PCs at Pwn2Own 2015

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Re: Ah, comprehensive reading. My son needed help with that too at some point ...

Wow, AC - and I actually took the time and care to avoid sounding snarky. Ah well... Would have been more of a zinger, though, if you had actually read the article, don't you think?

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Dare I say it...

Lordy, will I get DVd for this... but I hope this will at least open some people's eyes to the very real possibility of remote Mac pwnage that doesn't involve stupid user error.

I say this in the spirit of concerned citizenry rather than as a 'nyer nyer' at OSX, I might add.

For the record, I am a Windows user and I acknowledge that most of the reported pwnage occurred, as usual, on Windows.

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Windows 10 build 10041: 99 bugs on the wall, fix a bug, add a feature, 114 bugs on the wall

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Re: You'd be surprised, I certainly was

I really do hope so, Pawl. It's just that the icon sets for pre-release builds of earlier Windows normally had the icons locked down pretty early. You mentioned Windows 95 - well, my Beta of 95 was 95% the same, graphically, as the boxed retail copy. And the icons were 100% identical IIRC.

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Re: Wow, people really care about icons huh?

Dude, I don't wanna go all ad hominem on yo' ass but seriously, why would you not understand that for many people, an elegant desktop is not an unreasonable 'ask'? Because we could, you know, have just stayed with the Windows 1, 2 or 3 gui as long as the functionality is there. Better yet, lets go back to greyscale!

I get where you are coming from but earlier I said I don't want wanky art. I just want good design. Don't forget, the pixel pushers at MS, Apple, Giggle et al are paid a phenomenal salary to come up with these designs. Which is partly why I'm so angry!

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Blitterbug
Meh

Re: What looks really cool on your 28" 4k screen may be illegible on a mobile

First up, how many phones are going to need a My Computer, Control Panel and general Folder icons? Secondly, 4k screen? I should be so lucky! This crud just plain looks bad on anything.

Someone else mentioned the possibility of a plain icon set to reduce CPU load and therefore display more quickly? Sadly not so. Graphics are all 32 bit these days and any image is going to take the same amount of GPU grunt to render, regardless of how plain and crappy it looks. Unless one believes that they're going to do a version of Windows 10 that drops into 4-bit 16 colours so we can resurrect 486SX systems kitted out with 4MB?

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Mushroom

Re: Somethings need stomping on fast

You are Shirley right about that. I see yet another big payday for Stardock Corp in MS's future, as people head over in droves to pick up a copy of Object Desktop for no other reason than to bring back some decent fucking icons.

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Re: Looks f-ing awful

Yes. This exactly.

I Guggled some pics of the new 'icons' for a laugh and to show a few friends how bad they are. This stupid backlash against so-called skuomorphism has our best designers leaping over each other to eradicate anything the least bit nice-looking and replace it with crappy four-colour parallelograms with no perspective correction. Take the new icon for My Computer. Because it's not corrected for perspective, our eyes see the monitor part of it as a wedge, because the 'far' edge it the same fucking height in pixels as the nearest.

Look, I'm not gung-ho for a GUI dripping in wankish arty crap but are we paying through the nose for increasingly more powerful GPUs so we can sit in front of this?

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HAPPY 20th Birthday MICROSOFT BOB

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Happy

Re: No, I didn't catch the documentary. One of these days...

...you really should. It's informative and pretty essential viewing for anyone who reckons themselves a bit of a font head. It also (IIRC) has a few talking heads who hate Helvetica, for balance.

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Blitterbug
Meh

Re: loads of ads for the "exciting new features"

Actually only XP & Vista had a nasty 'Welcome' screen. You can't in all fairness call the rolling info displayed during initial commissioning of Win 7 & 8 'Ads'. Vista's was much nastier, it was an actual program that ran every time until you unticked an option. XP's horrible thing just needs completing once in non-graphical mode and then its gone forever too.

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Litecoin-mining code found in BitTorrent app, freeloaders hit the roof

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Re: You have the chance to opt out

Sorry, I call utter bollox on this. As has been claimed repeatedly by people who aren't noobish twats, this fucking miner sometimes installs silently, whether its supposed to or not. It did it on my new PC and I specifically declined the offers during install.

Blame me for being fuckwitted enough to use uTorrent by all means, but don't stick to the tired bullshit of 'user error' on this bundled crapware. I only spotted it cos my antivirus (360 internet security from Qihoo) screamed about it almost immediately, which was awesome.

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Microsoft man: Internet Explorer had to go because it's garbage

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Re: My websites all now warn visitors ...

That was so dunderheaded and downright inflammatory I feel justified in replying, "well in that case I will do all that is humanly possible to avoid any of 'em". I only wish Lazarus Long was still around to furnish me with something more suitably acerbic..

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Lenovo: We SWEAR we're done with bloatware, adware and scumware

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Re: ...it was a deliberate way MS Windows is designed

Fer cryin' out loud...

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Lenovo to customers: We only just found out about this Superfish vuln – remove it NOW

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Re: a "system refresh" should give you a clean install - sans crapware

Mmm... not in my experience, sadly. Plus good luck with F8-ing Win8 while booting. I believe that's disabled by default, which is why I carry around a 16GB Win8 recovery USB I made from my own laptop for dealing with nerfed systems. All the crap always seems to come back, but at least the recovery USB has always worked, on any make and model of Win8 machine.

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Re: WindblowZE

Seriously? This, still?

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Jupiter Ascending – a literally laughable train wreck of a film

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Re:I've tried quite hard over the years to find redeeming features in the second film ...

Largely agree with your awesome rant. However, the absolute standout for me is the whole freeway fight scene. Watch it from start to end; it's outrageous in its scope, devastatingly clever and beautifully choreographed. It still makes my jaw drop a little.

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Lenovo shipped lappies with man-in-the-middle ad/mal/bloatware

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Re: HTF the average user...

Don't be difficult. You should know perfectly well that the main consumer version of WinV / Win7 is Home Premium. The only possibility of coming a cropper when re-installing an OS is getting confused between 32 vs 64 bit. And 32bit is really outdated and mostly applies to relatively elderly Vista PCs nowadays. Plus, your 'average user' is not about to attempt an OS re-install now, are they?

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Online retail giant Amazon GOES TITSUP ACROSS EUROPE

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Re: 'irredeemably autistic'

Hey, DV away. My autistic son was pretty upset, though. But if that makes him and me pusworms, fair 'nuff I suppose.

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'irredeemably autistic'

Have a DV for that appallingly un-funny 'gag'.

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Avast there: MEELLIONS of Androiders scuttled by 'adware' game app

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Re: Where are the good quality FOSS applications...?

There's loads of great free and totally safe stuff to be had from the Play store. Click on the Install button, check the permissions; if it says anything other than 'No special permissions', cancel operation. I've ended up with some real gems by sticking to this mantra; no matter how tempted I am by a game's shinyness, if it requires internet access and more, it gets shown the door.

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O2 notifies data cops 'for courtesy' ... AFTER El Reg intervenes in email phish dustup

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Not surprised

They will deny the sun rises in the east. After losing so many customer calls due to almost non-existent coverage in an area shown as 'covered' on their map, I threw my phone in a skip and got a PAYG jobbie from a different carrier. On the day my contract expired I phoned to cancel, and got in to an argument with the most arrogant retention guy I've ever dealt with (I think over the fact that I get 4 bars from a rival carrier who O2 refuse to share a mast with).

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Never mind those touch apps, full Office 2016 is coming this year

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Re: cluster fuck of a "Ribbon" UI

Calm down! If genuine Office is your bag, grab a copy of Office 2003 Pro and download the Office 2007 compatibility kit. If not, use LibreOffice or OpenOffice.

I enjoyed the rant, though I quite like the ribbon these days - and I was an ardent hater. For years. But something happened between Office 2007 and Office 2010 that made the newer Word much more usable - I'm guessing better quality telemetry, or better telemetry parsing. Certainly, whenever I'm forced to use Word 2007 my heart still sinks.

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Pull up the Windows 10 duvet and pretend Win8 and Vista were BAD DREAMS

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Re: that was how Micro$oft spun it to me...

tl;dr (well, about half of it)

But have a DV for the horribly dated use of M$ throughout.

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Scary code of the week: Valve Steam CLEANS Linux PCs (if you're not careful)

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Re: Hmm, I wonder how well this would cope with...

Exactly. It's still utter rubbish until a comparison is made against permitted path strings. Some detailed logic is needed, not some numbnuts single-line comparison operation.

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Q*bert: The Escher-inspired platform puzzler from 1982

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He reflowed sudder along the connections?

Did I hear that right? Or was it 'Sodder'? I can't tell due to the accent, but I must confess I've never personally 'suddered' any circuitry - I'm not sure what would happen!

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