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AT LAST! London gets BONKERS FLYING PRINTER TEST LAB

GBE

Drones carrying 3D printers?

So the drones will be able to swim while carrying 3D printers?

I don't get it. Is that a joke that just went over my head?

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BONFIRE of the MEGA-BUCKS: $200m+ BURNED in SECONDS in Antares launch blast

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Rocket science is never easy

Well, rocket science is actualy pretty easy:

F = m*a

F = G (m1*m2/r^2)

Throw in some freshman level calculus, a $300 PC to run some orbital calculations and simulations on, and bob's your uncle.

Rocket _engineering_ OTOH, is a complete and utter bitch.

The launch failure was undoubtedly due to an engineering problem, not a science problem.

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

GBE

The best thing about Ubuntu is...

The best thing about Ubuntu is Xubuntu.

Thanks anyway, but I don't want to play endless rounds of "guess how this month's desktop works." I've got work to do...

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Happy 2nd birthday, Windows 8 and Surface: Anatomy of a disaster

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What is "the Windows client"?

The author makes repeated referencs to "the Windows client". I don't use MS Windows much, and my ignorance may be showing, but to what does "the Windows client" refer?

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Routine WHAT NOW? Bank of England’s CHAPS payment system goes TITSUP

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Re: Steady on, CHAPS!

<pedant>

quote: an American might say that CHAPS in its current state was "about as much use as the tits on a boar hog".

I've heard that many times, but never with the word "hog" on the end

In common parlance, "boar" means adult male hog, so the "hog" is redundant and makes the listener think you might think there's such a thing as a "boar sheep" or "boar cow".

In less common usage, "boar" means adult male <certain other mammals>, in which case tits are just as useless.

</pedant>

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Prez Obama backs net neutrality – but can't do anything about it. Thanks, Obama

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Obama's pretty much correct.

The FCC is an independent agency created by Congress. The president nominates comissioners for 5-year terms, and the Senate confirms them. They aren't part of the executive branch and don't take orders from the President.

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Google AXES AndroidScript app used by 20,000 STEM coders WITHOUT WARNING

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Re: Blame the lawyers

Yep, USPTO pretty much requires Google to do something to stop unauthorized use of the "Android". Exactly what that "something" is was up to Google, and that's where they should have done a better job.

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Internet of Things? Hold my beer, I got this: ARM crafts OS to rule them all

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Too many cooks

Anything involving that many companies is doomed....

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X-Men boffins demo nanomagnets to replace transistors

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Re: Core memory

Ah, core memory....

I had a job interview at a company that was still making core memory in '85, and I know it was still common in newly deployed military hardware through the late 80's. Around 1988 I was working on a design that included a couple US Navy AN/UYK-44 16-bit mini-computers, and some of the gold-braid types were nervous because we were proposing the use of brand new SRAM and EEPROM cards instead of core.

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Does this float your boat? Dead Steve Jobs to hijack yachts from BEYOND THE GRAVE

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The PTO has no control over who files what

The article is about an _application_ that has been filed. Blaming the PTO for that is like blaming you for the junk mail you receive.

It hasn't been granted. It hasn't even been examined.

It's just some bullshit that Apple sent to the PTO because one their IP attorneys had nothing better to do one afternoon, and wanted to chalk up another mark towards his quota.

If it gets granted, _then_ you can bitch about the PTO.

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Salesforce plan to rename London skyscraper 'Salesforce Tower' DEMOLISHED

GBE

Of course! An April fool's joke!

We switched to using Salesforce as an issue/bug tracking system a couple years back. It's absolutely awful and nearly useless. [It may be useless, but at least it's slow and expensive -- which, I presume, must be the goal.] It makes the ancient version of JIRA that we had been running on a cobbled-up in-house server wonderful. Now, I finally understand: Salesforce is an elaborate April fool's joke that I was just too dim to grok.

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Not appy with your Chromebook? Well now it can run Android apps

GBE

NaCl sounds a bit dodgy to me...

"Dubbed the App Runtime for Chrome, it's a way of packaging Android apps so that they will launch and run on Chrome OS, via a special runtime implemented using the Chocolate Factory's Native Client (NaCl) in-browser binary execution tech."

I'd take it with a grain of salt.

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Apple's ONE LESS THING: the iPod Classic disappears

GBE

Re: So, for people like me that still get good use out of theirs

I didn't even know the iPod classic even had acoustics. I always assumed it was just a hard-drive and some electronics.

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Don't bother with Apple's 9 Sept hype-day: Someone's GONE AND BLABBED IT ALL

GBE

one-handed mode

"According to some of the paper's sources, Apple has tweaked the iOS user interface to include a 'one-handed mode'"

[insert fanboi joke here]

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Ballmer PERSONALLY wrote Windows' Blue Screen of Death text

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Re: not the BSOD

I was thinking the same thing: _that's_ not the BSOD. The BSOD is the one you see when Windows stops completely and does a memory dump. IIRC it dumps some address and status stuff to the screen in hex, dumps core to a file somewhere and then just halts. There's no pressing a key to kill an app or anything like that. You're done: you take a picture of the screen with a camera (or write down all the numbers you see) and then pull the power plug.

The article is about the BSOSALU (Blue Screen of Some App Locked Up). A bit annoying, but nothing like the actual BSOD.

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Chumps stump up $1 MEELLLION for watch that doesn't exist

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Moving mechanical reflectors

My idea is to use moving mechanical reflectors and ambient light to project an image onto the user's retinas!

I've got working prototypes and with a little funding can supply a practically unlimited number of units at under $50 a unit!

Where do I sign up for my million dollars?

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Galileo! Galileo. Galileo! Galileo frigged-LEO: Easy come, easy go. Little high, little low

GBE

Brilliant headline

Absolutely brilliant.

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Barnes & Noble: Swallow a Samsung Nook tablet, please ... pretty please

GBE

Re: Why?

When I bought my first e-book, I had to decide: B&N or Amazon.

Didn't have a smart-phone or a tablet. Didn't want to buy a dedicated e-reader yet. Didn't have a Windows or MacOS computer. With the Amazon e-book, I could read it on my Linux desktop and laptop. With the B&N e-book: nope.

Not much of a choice after all. I've since bought a number of e-books from Amazon and a Kindle paperwhite (which I use mostly with library books and things like PDFs of owners manuals for various things). If B&N had provided a way for Linux users to read their e-books, I probably would have leaned towards B&N just for the sake of keeping some competition alive -- but that ship has sunk.

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Google on Gmail child abuse trawl: We're NOT looking for other crimes

GBE

Because you gave Google permission.

"In the same way that the post office doesn't open letters and parcels unless a warrant has been received concerning the recipient or sender, I can't for the life of me see why online services should be treated any differently."

Because when you signed up for your "free" e-mail account, you paid for it by giving Google permission to sift through all your email and other data looking for whatever they want.

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It's official: You can now legally carrier-unlock your mobile in the US

GBE

Re: It's nice to see people are chipping away on the DMCA

"In curtailing personal freedoms, the US is turning into the world leader,"

That's all an extension of a Bush policy based on the "they hate our freedom" theory.

If we eliminate all our freedom, then nobody will hate us anymore, and we'll all be safe from terrorists!

Bush and company were very enthusiastic about eliminating freedom in the US and had made a pretty good start on it. Some of us had hoped that Obama would reverse course on that plan, but we've been sadly disappointed. Progress towards freedom-elimination may have slowed a little at best...

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FRIKKIN' LASERS could REPLACE fibre-optic comms cables

GBE

But sharks can't fly...

So you do you get the sharks up in the air?

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Report: American tech firms charge Britons a thumping nationality tax

GBE

Price isn't based on cost

Price in a particular market isn't determined by cost of manufacture, cost of shipping, or the price in some other market.

Price is determined by what people are willing to pay for something.

Apparently Brits are willing to pay more.

Stop buying MS Office, and the price will go down.

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Google's Pankhurst doodle doo-doo shows the perils of using Google to find stuff out

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No point at all

I agree the story seems to be both pointless and wrong.

All the primary evidence seems to agree with Wikipedia and Google. I don't put much faith in her comments about being born on Bastille day.

I suppose the author could start claiming the birth certificate is a fake, but then I'm afraid he'd be lumped with with all the Fox-news right-wing wackos still harping on about their conspiracy theory that Obama was not really born in the US.

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Barclays Bank counter staff to become iPad-toting 'community bankers'

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Re: Plus ca change ...

"Of course they couldn't take money at the desk, nor dispense it. But as long as you wanted a new chequebook, or a chat about a loan, brilliant."

Perhaps I'm the odd one out, but I never go into a bank unless I need to talk to somebody at a desk.

I get my cash from ATMs, and deposit checks with my phone.

I rarely deposit cash, but I can do that at the ATM 24/7 too.

About 5 years ago when I bought my house I needed a cashiers check for the closing. That's the last time I used a cashier behind a counter -- and I'm pretty sure somebody sitting at a desk could have done that as well since all they did was type on a computer terminal and then walk over and pick up the check off the printer.

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Native Americans KILLED AND ATE DUMBO, say archaeologists

GBE

Nice job making the illustration captions illegible

I don't suppose there's a version of that .jpg where captions are legible?

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Airbus promises Wi-Fi – yay – and 3D movies (meh) in new A330

GBE

Re: It's all very wonderful

I've flown from US to London and back maybe a dozen times and US to Australia a few times. All those trips were coach except for one, and flying long-distance in coach is definitely less pleasant than business or first. But, a while back I read a biography of John Adams which included detailed descriptions of _his_ trips between the colonies and England. He had better class accomodations than most, but compared to that even coach class on the cheapest airlines is a delight. Steerage class on the ocean liners of the 20th century wasn't exactly a picnic in the park either.

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Lindsay Lohan sues Grand Theft Auto V makers for 'using her image'

GBE

I thought LL _was_ a parody.

You're not going to tell me all that dim-wittedness is for real are you? She's clearly devoting her whole _life_ as a 24/7 performance that parodies the pointlessly rich and famous.

Well done Lindsay!

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Chipper chipmaker Micron shows off boosted bottom line – gee, thanks, Elpida

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Oddly chosen URL for the article

The URL is

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/06/24/microns_third_quarter_revenues_disappoint/

yet from the article:

"Micron Technology – ... – has announced what appear to be cheery results today."

"Net income was a pleasing $806m compared to just $43m a year ago."

"Micron's own-branded SSD revenue was 20 per cent of the flash revenue – a 60 per cent plus growth rate from the second quarter."

"Micron said demand for PC DRAM was more better than initially expected."

If that's dissappointment, sign me up for some!

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Hey! Where! are! the! white! women! at!? It's! Yahoo!

GBE

Re: Let's apply this quota to Sports Leagues

Definitely.

I've noticed that overweight, out-of-shape, 50-something men who can't throw a baseball are drastically under-represented in major league professional baseball. I demand this disparity be addressed immediately.

I'll be waiting with bated breath for my contract offer to arrive in my mailbox.

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Apple SOLDERS memory into new 'budget' iMac

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Re: Repairs

"Well, pray you don't get a dodgy ram stick."

Don't worry, you won't.

Because there is no ram stick (more technically called a DIMM module).

There are just some ram chips soldered to the motherboard instead. That's the whole point of the gripe: there are no ram sticks nor sockets to stick 'em in.

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Re: Unacceptable

"I dunno. Predatory pricing is kinda an on point description of Apple's MO."

No, it isn't. The phrase "predatory pricing" has a very specific meaning:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Predatory_pricing

That is most definitly _not_ what Apple does.

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Today's get-rich-quick scheme: Build your own bank

GBE

Re: Priced out

"Now, private punters don't like transaction charges and can get an account without them from one of the big rip-off artists (who make their money back on selling debt and outrageous "whoops" charges) so they can get a deal which, on the surface, looks better by staying right where they are."

I don't ever get charged the "whoops" charges, so not only does it look like a better deal on the surface, it _is_ a better deal. There are no transaction charges, I have a no fee credit card which rebates 1.5 percent of transactions, no ATM fees, free cashiers checks, and they pay a small but non-zero interest on deposits As long as I keep the total balance below $100,000 there is absolutely no risk.

I do have to pay to have check blanks printed, but since I only write a dozen or so checks a year, that cost is pretty negligible.

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S is for SMACKDOWN: Samsung takes Galaxy Tab slab war fruit-side

GBE

Can I get it w/o the pre-installed bloatware?

I'd give it a serial look if I could get it with with plain, generic Androind sans all the bloatware and the mucked-up UI that manufacturers always put on their devices to provide "product differentiation" (or whatever their calling the particular flavor of manure they splat onto the devices this month to make them less usable (unique, but less usable).

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BOFH: On the contrary, we LOVE rebranding here at the IT dept

GBE

Re: Oh good

"Just wait till the boss discovers he booked me on the wrong course!"

My motto is:

You never know what might be useful at your next job...

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Cheap, backwards-compatible PCIe 4.0 on track for 2015 2016

GBE

PCIe PHYs use FR4 fiberglass?

From the fine article:

"PCIe 4.0 PHYs will still be fabricated using good ol' FR-4 glass epoxy electrical insulator as their foundation."

I don't get it. A PCIe PHY is an IC. They don't use FR-4 fiberglass -- that's what printed circuit boards are made out of. A PCIe PHY is generally soldered on to a motherboard that's made of FR4, but the PHY itself is not fabricated using FR4.

Can somebody lend me a clue?

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The hoarder's dilemma: 'Why can't I throw anything away?'

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I've got an Osborne-1 that still works

I've got an Osborne 1 "portable" computer in the garage that still works.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osborne_1

I booted it up last summer and fired up wordstar to show it to my teenage

nephews who were a bit astonished by it.

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PC-infecting chat demon quotes THE BIBLE to summon malware plague

GBE

"an alorithm with a mathematical processor" -- er, what?

From the article:

>> "The data is eventually decrypted with numbers generated by an algorithm with a mathematical processor," according to BitDefender.

An algorithm with a mathematical processor?

What's that supposed to mean?

Would you install "security" software from somebody who writes gibberish like that?

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Boffins run iOS apps on Android hardware

GBE

I bought Android so I could AVOID iTunes

Same here. I had an iPod touch for a while, and I loved the device itself, but getting music to and from it was a nightmare because it required use of the iTunes application. The iTunes app was huge, slow, buggy, crashed a lot, and was based on all sorts of insanely stupid assumptions that caused no end of grief.

With my Android phone, I just plug in the USB cable, mount the fileystem, and copy files back and forth. It's completely brilliant!

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Google: Mmm. Tab-free Gmail desktop client? We won't DENY it

GBE

Re: The real Gmail desktop app

Is called "mutt".

Or maybe it's called "mutt."

Whichever you prefer.

I was brought up to type the latter, but I think the former makes more sense.

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What's that PARASITE wriggling inside my browser?

GBE

Re: No, it is not a PARASITE

the Reg never lets the facts get in the way of a good headline...

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Atom, GitHub's code editor based on web tech, goes open source

GBE

Re: html, css, javascript

html, css, javascript...

What, no XML?

How can it be any good if it doesn't use XML?

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Look what's screeching into the Internet of Stuff: SELF-DRIVING CARS

GBE

Re: Mental

> There are plenty of backstreet "tuners" willing to reflash the ECU with the high-performance version for a few quid.

Though most "tuners" seem to be happy with some shabby after-market stripes and an obnoxious exhaust pipe tip.

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Most Americans doubt Big Bang, not too sure about evolution, climate change – survey

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Re: BRAWNDO!! IT'S GOT ELECTROLYTES!

> Are stupid people more likely to be religious.

I think it's been shown repeatedly in studies that less educated people are more likely to be religious, and more educated people are less likely to be religious. Which is the cause and which the effect? Or are both effects of something else?

Personally, I think it's a gubmint plot: the flouride in the water is making people both stupid and religious (that way it's easier to control them using the mind-control rays transmitted by mobile phone towers).

I think it might also explain Fox News.

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Dragon capsule arrives at space station for Easter Sunday delivery

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OpenSSL Heartbleed: Bloody nose for open-source bleeding hearts

GBE

OpenSSL "blueprints"

"[...] meaning that by making the blueprints public, flaws should be quickly spotted and fixed."

Blueprints?

Really?

Afraid that readers of The Reg wouldn't know what "source code" means?

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Torvalds rails at Linux developer: 'I'm f*cking tired of your code'

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doesn't care if his changes cause other projects pain

I thought the whole _point_ of systemd was to cause as much pain for users and other projects as possible. I don't even use systemd and I've had to several changes to all my Linux installations as a result of dictates from systemd developers.

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Amazon stuffs games into Fire TV box: Soz, rivals... WE don't need to make cash on hardware

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Prime is now $99

"And given that Amazon Prime costs $79 in USAland"

It cost $79 in the US at the moment. It's going up to $99. Still, that's only $8.25 a month, and the selection of TV shows on Prime seems to have surpassed Netflix (at least in terms of stuff I want to watch).

My first generation Roku is going strong and is still head and shoulders above the various "smart TV" and "smart Blueray player" implementations I've seen.

My LG Blueray player does Netflix and Prime in a horrible, half-assed manner. Every press of the remote takes 1-2 seconds to be recognized (Roku response is always instantaneous). Things that take two button-presses on the Roku take 8-12 on the LG.

The only feature missing from the Roku is subtitles -- but that's been fixed for the past several generations of Roku boxes.

It sounds like the Fire box might be a worthy competitor...

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MtGox boss Karpeles ordered to Dallas to face bankruptcy probe

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It's Texas

"Is it normal for US judges to talk in an unprofessional manner about their cases?"

It's Texas.

Hopefully, talk is all she does unprofessionally.

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Homeopathic remedies contaminated with REAL medicine get recalled

GBE

Did you hear about....

Did you hear about the homeopath's patient who forgot to take his medication?

He died of an overdose.

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Stop skiving: Computers can SEE THROUGH your FAKE PAIN

GBE

Pained tone of a person's voice?

"However, the program will be of limited utility to bosses dealing with sickie-pulling staff, because it relies on analysing facial expressions rather than the pained tone of a person's voice."

I don't understand the reference to a person's voice. When people are going to stay home claiming illness in the UK, do they record some sort of voice message and e-mail or message that to their boss?

Here in the US, we just send an e-mail or text message saying we're not going to be in.

You guys ought to get set up with e-mail. It quite handy.

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