* Posts by Nunyabiznes

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BLADE-WIELDING BOTS conquer humans in RADIO DEATHMATCH

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Re: I've checked the specs

Said OFF switch is in the basement. That has no working lights. Behind a locked and barred door that has a sign on it saying "beware the leopard". The sign isn't lying.

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It's not just antivirus downloads that have export control screening

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Re: Shine the light

It is hard to shine a light where this comes from because the back of someone's head is blocking.

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It's 2015, and someone can pwn Windows PCs by inserting a USB stick

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Nobody has brought up the fact that if someone nefarious has physical access to your computer you are pwned. I don't care what bandwagon OS you are trumpeting on about, if you don't have physical security you sure don't have electronic security.

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Techies! Shadow IT means you need to up your game

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Re: It is possible to eliminate shadow IT

This is us except for the last paragraph. Our users still stamp their feet and demand their preferred solution (which is sometimes the correct one!) rather than work with us to determine a solution.

We would love to help - really - if the user would simply contact us and tell us what they need. We will go find set of possibilities, screen them for security, compatibility, etc and then forward the finalist(s) to the user for eval. We strive for "best bang for the buck" when we source solutions so it isn't always the cheap/free solution or the most expensive one that wins. Usually we find that some feature of Office will do what the user insists it won't, and if not that then some other program we are already supporting will.

We still have a lot of pushback on not allowing users to have admin rights on their stations, but that isn't going to change.

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Jail incompetent council folk who leak our data, thunders furious BBW

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Re: There is an officer...

Just because you have clearance to see a certain level of information does not mean you have a need to know.

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Texas senator Ted Cruz serves up sizzling 'machine gun bacon'

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Re: He's Canadian. Born in Calgary

"And if they wanted to return Beiber then they would forfeit the entire damage deposit. There is plenty of evidence that he was not "like that when we bought him", thank you very much."

Sometimes it is worth writing the check and walking away. It's not like our checks are good anymore anyway.

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Another day, another stunning security flaw in Android – this time hitting 55% of mobes

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Re: Permissions?

Have an upvote. However, since Google wants all of their apps to have full rights to you, they would be pretty hypocritical if they tried to stop other app developers from doing the same. I recently bought an Android phone just to check out the advances in the last 3 years, and the permissions requested by the Play Store boggle my mind.

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ATTACK of the ZOMBIE SATELLITE: Run radio hams, run!

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Re: Reg to the Rescue

But that would let the secret out! Can't have everyone knowing that we have a super secret space lorry and that it can change orbits.

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And on that bombshell: Top Gear's Clarkson to reappear on Amazon

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Re: Good news for us all !

Jeez, did Clarkson cut you off in traffic or something?

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Bloke who tried to get journo killed by SWAT cops coughs to conspiracy charge

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Re: Conspiracy?

How many times did Krebs get killed by SWAT again?

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Bloke hits armadillo AND mother-in-law with single 9mm round

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Re: Out of everyone involved in this,

You are a little late to the party. Apparently you didn't read any of the responses about the little varmit from people that have actually dealt with them either.

While I appreciate the armadillo for what it is and how it has evolved, it is quite damaging to ranchers and farmers if left unchecked. I've had to put down cattle that have broken legs in armadillo burrows or diggings. I have also had short flights from the back of horses after said horses stepping in 'dillo holes at speed. Luckily the horses were not severely injured.

They can also play hob on your vehicle if you hit them on the road. They are quite dense.

All that being said, I don't believe they should be eradicated either. They are kind of like the wild hogs that are infesting the southern US. They need to be kept in check but not necessarily wiped out.

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Re: @Manolo ...Varmint?

You just have to be careful when cleaning them. They are actually quite tasty, with a dense red meat. I like them better than rattlesnake myself. I grew up in rural Texas where armadillos and various poisonous snakes were abundant and cash wasn't so we ate a variety of foods not on the menu at many dining establishments.

The best way to dispatch an armadillo for eating is for one person to get their attention by tapping a stick or similar on a rock in front of them (20' or so, any closer and they'll bolt) and the other person to sneak up behind them and grab their tail, yanking them off the ground quickly. Whack'em in the head with a hammer and BBQ.

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Arctic ice EMBIGGENS, returns to 1980s levels of cap cover

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Re: You Buried the Lead

No one should ever go full tabloid.

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We tried using Windows 10 for real work and ... oh, the horror

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Apparently the answer to Steve C's question "Is Eadon still a thing?" is Yes.

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BBC (sort of) sorry for Grant Shapps Wikipedia smear reportage

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

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Joke

If the Delphi car hadn't been hogging the fast lane doing 5 under it wouldn't be a problem. Jerk.

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Gates: Renewable energy can't do the job. Gov should switch green subsidies into R&D

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nuclear

A lot of people seem to be scared that if we have lots o' radiated power that the genie is going to be let out of the bottle. News for them: That genie is suffering from old age at this point.

Western nations are going to have to accept that some day all of our security theater will not stop some motivated group from setting off a nuke in one or more of our nations.

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Nunyabiznes

Re: Stop proposing....

"Tell developing nations they have to control their stack emissions exactly like the rest of us do. Clean sulfur free fuels and fuel oils and refining of same as well as coal did more for the atmosphere than anything else in history but the China and India ignore their pollution at OUR expense and it is greater than anything we put out across ALL developed nations combined."

Well to be fair we did it to them first. We certainly learned a lot about emissions and air quality the hard way, and just like teenagers, those "developing" nations aren't willing to take us at our word - they insist on learning those lessons just like we did.

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Samsung caught disabling Windows Update to run its own bloatware

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Re: There is a problem though!

There's the lonely upside to still being on Vista. MS isn't going to nag me about upgrading to 10.

I think they've written me off.

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Pirate captain blasts Google for its 'mystery' Chrome blob

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Re: nice try

Methinks you missed some quotation marks in there somewhere Sandtitz. Maybe starting with the letter "a and ending with the letter y"?

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Polish airline LOT was grounded after 'IT attack' took hold

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The scarecycle (not newscycle anymore) is reducing every year. If anything else happens in the world of IT in the next week this will be swept under the rug by the weekend.

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BOOM! Stephen Elop shuffled out of Microsoft door

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Re: Ain't karma a bitch?

I wish you were wrong.

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Using leather in 'leccy cars is 'unTesla', rages vegan shareholder

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Re: Technical point

Don't forget the pearwood.

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Forget black helicopters, FBI flying surveillance Cessnas over US cities. Warrant? What's that?

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Re: Telemarketers

Re: Trevor

He might be exaggerating a little, but the looters, arsonists and especially those people who are using race relations to further their own careers and bank accounts need to be held accountable for their actions, just as any official or institution that is overstepping their bounds should be.

Those people who peacefully but firmly practiced their right to assemble and speak I will defend (and I have - both directly and indirectly while in the service).

There is a lot more that can be discussed, but back and forth on a forum probably isn't the most conducive to civil discourse.

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Telemarketers

With all of the snooping technology available to the FBI, who are supposed to investigate cases of RICO as part of their actual remit, they can't find the owners/operators of scam telemarketers and shut them down (with a few notable exceptions of course).

But by golly if you want to walk down the street in a peaceful demonstration (screw the people instigating and participating in looting) they sure have your number.

Amazing.

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Your servers are underwater? Chill OUT, baby – liquid's cool

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Re: BOFH

You beat me to it, congrats. I got sidetracked reading it again...

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Factory reset memory wipe FAILS in 500 MEELLION Android mobes

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Re: In other news. Windows 98 is easily hackable.

MS has committed to provide free updates for all major software for 10 years. The phone manufacturers haven't been allowing and/or pushing updates for phones past 1-2yrs, even in the rare instances the code has been updated. How is that equivalent to your mind?

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Home routers co-opted into self-sustaining DDoS botnet

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Re: Possibility

I was assuming this included all the el cheapo "routers" that can be bought to extend the capabilities of your home internet connection. I just installed DSL at home and the router I bought that was CenturyLink branded came with a random strong password, but you had to connect it to the home office before setup could continue. Mixed bag. The little wifi extender I bought to accompany it had a generic password - not cool, but I could change it before connecting to my ISP router. The question is how many typical home users are going to do that and the answer is not 0 but certainly not a statistically significant number.

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Nunyabiznes

Possibility

RE: Class Action

This is probably only specific to the US (because that's the legal system I "know") but the best way to do it would be to remote kill the US based rogue routers remotely and force the manufacturers to replace the equipment *and* refund the original MSRP of the device. The replacement routers should stop setup at "change admin password" screen and not allow internet connectivity until the password was changed to something with a base level of complexity - which is how they should be sent out to start with.

I know this would dramatically increase the calls to support and returns of product because people are too stupid to RTF setup instructions, but we all have to take responsibility for the parts we played in what the internet has become.

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Ex-NSA security bod fanboi: Apple Macs are wide open to malware

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Re: Serious question

Give it about a month. Now that the black hat antenna are twitching and they have a direction to look at it will not be long.

It could be there are multiple vulns being accessed but if none of the current crop of antimalware products for OSx are catching them - how would you know until they get turned up by white hats?

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US Congress promises death to patent trolls in bipartisan law scribbling

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I certainly hope this works better than some of the other technology-related bills that have had bipartisan support. CAN-SPAM, DNC list, DMCA...

The first thing I noticed is that the bill has nothing in it about reforming the US Patent Office or how patents are awarded (that I saw in my brief skim). That alone makes it a fail in my book, but it is possible it will be slightly less of a fail if it does reduce trolling.

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Apple will cut down 36,000 acres of forest in 'conservation scheme'

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Re: El Reg has contacted Apple...

Best book your reservation at the Restaurant just in case.

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BOFH: Explain? All we need is this kay-sh with DDR3 Cortexiphan ...

Nunyabiznes

That might be the local vernacular where you are, but it is not US-wide. Everyone I know in the biz calls it "cashing".

We have a strong hunting culture here though, and we cache (cash) supplies for extended fall hunting trips during the late summer scouting trips. That might explain why we know the correct pronunciation. ;)

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Trade body, universities row over US patent troll act proposals

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Nailed it.

This. Let's reform the Patent Office first. Then we can go after existing patents that should not have been granted in the first place. That will destroy the patent troll industry without making another law that can be twisted by unscrupulous attorneys (redundant I know) and various greedy non-producers.

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Sony tells hacked gamer to pay for crooks' abuse of PlayStation account

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Re: Who gives a fuck?!?!

A. Troll

B. Hacked account

C. Dickwad

D. Facetious

E. Pwned really hard in WOW.

Take your pick.

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Boffins FOAMING over a Nickel's worth of hydrogen

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Re: Hydrogen loss?

Are you thinking of Helium?

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RIP Sir Terry Pratchett: Discworld author finally gets to meet DEATH

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Being late

I am one of the unfortunates that never had the chance to meet this rare soul. I also came to know his writing rather late, about 2005 iirc. I'm not sure if that makes me luckier because I have several of his writings unread and waiting for me to devour or star-crossed because I didn't get to enjoy them as they came out. His writing is so far beyond most of the scribbles that get published it is hard to fathom.

RIP Sir Terry.

Hopefully you fully realized how much you gave to us and how much we appreciated it.

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Linux kernel devs adopt Bill and Ted's excellent code of conduct

Nunyabiznes

Re: Tone is usually set at the top

Unfortunately I've run across people that just won't listen until you get loud. Usually it is not good for the team or for the individuals directly involved. Generally is sows discord and someone (who might be talented but clueless) ends up leaving. However, I have seen successful teams that operated on "wall to wall counseling" methods. It takes a special touch to keep the lid on long term, but can have excellent results.

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Reckon YOU can write better headlines than us? Great – apply within

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Duh, I dunno know boss

It would be a lovely position, but as evidenced above I can't match the dynamism and tongue-in-cheek sophistication of The Reg.

I are prety gud at prof-reddin and fax checkin tho.

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Obama turns back on spooks: 'I'm on the side of strong encryption'

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It is just you. If you look at the XL pipeline project, anything involving ACA, etc he is still on his warpath. Actually, it isn't so much that he is partisan, but that he seems to think that whatever his administration comes up with is solid gold and no amount of facts, logic or evidence will sway him. Even the private unions are starting to give him subtle hints to ease up. Several democrats are doing the same thing - but I will discount the ones who are positioning themselves for a presidential run.

Congress certainly has its fair share of buffoons, but Pres. Obama isn't some messiah either.

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Stop viewing Facebook at work says Facebook at work on Facebook at Work

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FTFY

"The possibilities for hilarity are endless"

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Hi-torque tank engines: EXTREME car hacking with The Register

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Pint

And another Kudos!

Seriously, thumbs up and "have a drink on me".

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Musicians sue UK.gov over 'zero pay' copyright fix

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piracy

I've always been a pretty vehement opponent of piracy. If you want to have a copy of someone's artistic output, buy it. However, I didn't know about the EU's (-UK) stance on fair use (US resident). I can for the first time see the argument for "piracy".

I paid you. John didn't. Go after John and leave me the f**k alone - I'm busy making a backup.

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All ABOARD! Furious Facebook bus drivers join Teamsters union

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Other issues

Something being overlooked is the artificial increase in housing that is being perpetuated by California regulations. I have a friend trying to build a garage (approx. 9x10m) that after 4 months is still in the "trying to get all the permits" stage. He is a carpenter so the building is easy, especially with his contacts in the industry. He estimates at least 30% of his original budget will be spent just getting the actual construction specific permits, soil tests, engineered drawings, etc. Then he has to get it past planning committees, historical committees, heritage committees, etc. with their fees.

This is going in a subdivision that has virtually identical houses and garages already in place, all he is doing is catching up. He ended up giving up on having a sink and toilet in the garage because of the extra environmental assessments that would have to be done.

I'm not saying it needs to be a free-for-all building climate, but I think a little pruning of the existing regulatory environment is in order out there.

That would allow housing to be built out quicker and cheaper and put some downward pressure on the ridiculous housing market.

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FCC boss Wheeler clears way for internet TV and cable unbundling

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Re: what we have now is segregation by wire type

"there is no competition, there are various oligarchies dictating your lifestyle"

I read that as "voracious".

Good comment, swschrad.

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Hey, get the ZUCK up – let's unionize Facebook buses, cry Teamsters

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unionization

I would really like a comparison of the non-union wages and benefits to union ones - with the union dues pulled out. I've seen a couple of local shops quit their unions because they just weren't doing anything for the workers. A rep would come down once a year and make sure negotiations included a backhander to the union and would accept whatever management declared for the worker wages and benefits. End result was that actual earnings (after increases in dues and COL) decreased. The workers all decided to vote themselves an immediate wage increase by booting the union and not paying dues. So far they are getting at least the same % increases as they were as union, and generally more. YMMV.

Usually bus drivers are considered unskilled workers. I've done it to make ends meet between real jobs and it isn't that tough. I've had a variety of manual and/or unskilled labor jobs as fillers or to support myself through school and there is a good reason I got out of that rut. Certain jobs are exceptionally hard on the body and others are just so phenomenally boring that I couldn't stay. Honestly, if I could make the same money doing something trivial as I can doing tech work, I would be sorely tempted. That being the case, shouldn't jobs that are mentally challenging, that not everyone can do, require extensive training/school/OJT, etc be compensated better? I don't expect to make what a licensed doctor of medicine makes. Bus drivers shouldn't expect to make what degreed professional positions make.

Additionally the Teamsters can take a flying leap. After having to work with the local on a pretty simple project I'm over them. Any time you can do the work yourself, pay the union "workers" to stay home instead of coming to the jobsite and come out ahead simply because of how much faster things got done, done right, and with less frustration there is something wrong.

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Inflatables in SPAAACE! ISS 'nauts to enjoy bouncy castle spaceship

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Coat

This long and nobody has gone there?

It is just a new miles high club with no sharp corners to interrupt the proceedings.

Yes yes the grubby one.

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Meg Whitman: The lady IS for TURNING. HP to lob printers'n'PCs OVERBOARD

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@ DaLo

"The new consumer division will wallow in a sink-or-swim (probably sink due to fewer people using printers and fewer using PCs) turmoil as the try to monetise every new hype that raises its head before being swallowed by Lenovo for a few bucks."

BINGO.

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SpaceX breaks ground on first commercial spaceport in Texas

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Re: I suspect

"Are you sure Texas doesn't have any inactive volcanoes?"

A ways north and west in the Davis Mountains range. Bit of a commute at almost 1000km.

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