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The gender imbalance in IT is real, ongoing and ridiculous

foxyshadis

Re: TL;DR - no, thanks.

"Beg your fucking pardon? I am the problem? I don't mean to be rude but you don't even fucking know me, mate."

<3

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@Connor

Your reading comprehension skills are in the sewer; you managed to completely misunderstand the referenced study AND somehow that brain scans aren't the same, when JulieM clearly said that the differences are of the same magnitude of those between rich and poor, not that they don't exist. The referenced study only makes sense when it comes to people completely lying to themselves to fit a narrative, and genuinely believing it. It's called rationalization, and it's a bedrock of human psychology.

Seriously, man, go back to grammar school.

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foxyshadis

Re: It's not the fault of the z80 generation, it's the fault of the SJW generation.

However lucid Pinker is, pithy one-liners aren't science, they're just pithy one-liners, that's the thing. Science says that brains have certain statistical trends, but that female brains are just as adaptable as male brains, and that there's a much larger overlap between male and female brains than the curmudgeons insist, and yet not as much as the folks who want us to be completely genderblind.

I guess you could ask why, when everyone has two eyes and ten fingers, we make so much out of such minor differences?

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Re: I can't get excited about gender imbalance on this occasion

Most of the push is just impatience; the idea is that there is an injustice, and we must fix this injustice NOW. Since there's no way to go back in time to change everyone's upbringing, it falls on industry now to retroactively fix society's bullshit. The occasional instance of a wildly unjust and misogynist workplace is blown out of proportion to its real-life influence, and if anything that myopia only drives away women who'd be happy in most IT departments. (Well, as happy as any of us; IT is full of alcoholic clock-punchers. Can't say I blame anyone for avoiding it.)

Unfortunately, it doesn't work out that way. Some social revolutions take time, and can only start with the new generation. This really shouldn't be news to anyone who looks at social dynamics.

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Ten excellent FREE PC apps to brighten your Windows

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Re: Paint.net

A very capable alternative to Paint.Net is PhotoFiltre; both are quite handy and can easily do lots of basic editing. XnView and Irfanview can do basic editing, but it's all too obvious that isn't where the focus is.

GIMP is in a league of its own; not Photoshop by a long shot, but far beyond anything the above crop can do. If it's ever given a total revamp by a real UI designer (and they skip the interminable load time for font at startup) it'd be a one-stop shop for all things image.

But somehow, in the desktop world there's just no equivalent to the instant-tweaking editors of the mobile world (Snapseed, Instagram, etc). Multiple times I've been upset that Photoshop, let alone all the free alternatives, makes it so difficult to do trivial things. There's still a long way to go in the editing world....

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Technology quiz reveals that nobody including quiz drafters knows anything about IT

foxyshadis

Trivia in, trivia out?

Now let's see what the NYT crossword completion percentage is among the same crowd complaining about the low test results. After all, that's just a collection of basic facts, too....

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WinShock PoC clocked: But DON'T PANIC... It's no Heartbleed

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@Vic

In what world is source patching the only form of patching? Barring a catastrophe, Windows Update is two clicks and forget. OpenSSL can be that simple if it was delivered as part of your OS, but it turned out that it was also statically built into many applications, it was a large part of many unsupported or never-updated networking appliances, long with the necessary extra work to get custom installs working.

If you ever look into it, I think you'll find that building a copy of DD-WRT is significantly more painful than changing one line of code, despite having the source. Then come back about how trivial it is.

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Walmart's $99 crap-let will make people hate Windows 8.1 even more

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Still better than things like Iconia One

For a supposedly intelligent audience, reg commenters don't seem to remember that people were still glad to get 1GB of memory only a few short years ago, and tablets made do perfectly well with 512MB. It's no speed demon, but it's obviously not meant to be a desktop publishing platform; it'll play simple games designed for it, write documents, and do other tablet-y things. Stick to Metro browsers and apps and memory pressure won't be a problem, only desktop apps will seriously suffer from paging. Sorry it enrages you guys that something like this exists and caters to people who want to stretch their budget.

And given that it's expandable and they give you another 16GB card free, this is really a 32GB tablet. 16GB would be a joke indeed (but at least not a $700 joke, like the lowest-end iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2).

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SCREW YOU, net neutrality hippies – AT&T halts gigabit fiber

foxyshadis

Re: Obama Plan for Internet?? - Nooooo!

"Now, pick any two of the above. You are not allowed by the laws of economics to pick all three, sorry. Unfortunately our quasi-president is selling the idea that people can pick all three, and much of the public is ignorant enough to believe him."

Or maybe we can rearrange things to do less of some things and more of other, while becoming more efficient with better practices; it's not like any of those three choices are binary. Well, they are if you're an idiot.

Pithy sayings lose some of their power against $2.5tn industries.

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Re: Yeah, right

It's just a hoary old rubber chicken that they trot out every time they don't get their way. Every few years they go make a big announcement to keep it fresh in everyone's mind, make a few token rollouts, and then use the rest of the country as pawns until they're finally forgotten about entirely.

This time it looks like they haven't even bothered to make a token rollout first. Even their pram-tossing fits are victims of cost-cutting these days!

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ISPs are stripping encryption from netizens' email – EFF

foxyshadis

Given that most client-facing services that use STARTTLS (or POP/IMAP/SMTP in general, these days) require some random other port anyway, it isn't really that transparent to the client. It's more of a bolt-on for lazy server admins, not clients, and it's the businesses that should move to connection-based TLS instead.

It seems odd to argue to drop it for PGP, since they each mitigate completely different attacks.

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CURE for DEATH (by PowerPoint) emerges from Japan

foxyshadis

Re: TED - are how presentations / talks SHOULD be done.

Technical content should be downloadable on the giant URL website shown on the first and final slide, not throughout the whole presentation to audience members squinting to read and ignoring the speaker.

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Amazon wants YOU to LOOK OVER its BOOKS – its slush pile, that is

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Re: We see no way in which this could possibly go wrong...

Amazon's obviously not going to publish a title already under contract to another publisher.

I look forward to this, it'll be a good way to filter out the dreck that fills up 99+% of the ebook store. I was so excited by it until I started buying and actually reading that crap.

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NASTY SSL 3.0 vuln to be revealed soon – sources (Update: It's POODLE)

foxyshadis

Yet more reason to disable SSL 3

It's almost impossible to not have TLS support in anything that supports SSL, and this is just one more of the dozens of existing vulnerabilities in SSL 3. Even TLS 1.0 is past its prime and needs to be replaced by 1.2 ASAP, so it's time to just turn SSL off for good.

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Bird of HEY.... that's MY DRONE! Hawk attacks geek's quadcopter in nature v machine clash

foxyshadis

YouTube description says that the quad was undamaged. Those things are tough! ROTM can't be stopped that easily, we need laser hawks....

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What the 4K: High-def DisplayPort vid meets reversible USB Type C

foxyshadis

Re: 100W? Isn't the copper a bit thin for that??

Higher voltages allow lower resistance (heat). 12V and 24V are the standard PoweredUSB voltages, but even then you're still talking 4-8A, quite a bit for a little wire. They'd have to go up to 48V (PoE) to get it under the 2.1A that seems pretty standard on USB chargers now, and maybe that's exactly what they did.

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Straight to video: Facebook to add 'view counts' to autoplay newsfeed vids

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Re: BS Marketing 101

That has to do with all of the conspiracy theories that Facebook demands money for exposure... they assume everyone who "liked" them is still an active user, didn't unfollow them for spamming feeds, and even cares about anything they post. FB's algorithm is dirt simple: If you stop liking, sharing, and commenting on a page of with a friend, it stops showing you anything from that friend/page, and by and large, people are actually happy to have your uninteresting crap cleaned off their feed.

Quite a few pages have paid their money only to realize users still don't give a damn, and still aren't seeing their posts, so I basically just unlike pages that persist in spreading that rumor now.

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Community chest: Storage firms need to pay open-source debts

foxyshadis

Re: Half of the Story

Didn't OpenSSL refuse numerous contributions and refuse to give outsiders any say in the project? It was run like a hobby project despite being used in so many critical things; it's more like businesses should have forked it much earlier than they did.

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Pay to play: The hidden cost of software defined everything

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Blame MPEG-LA for the Pi's codes

The only reason Pi has to be activated is the MPEG-LA demanding their pound of flesh, otherwise Raspberry would be sued. In these cases you have to differentiate between vendors demanding more money because fark you pay me, and ones that are forced to by outside patent-holding entities.

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IT blokes: would you say that LEWD comment to a man? Then don't say it to a woman

foxyshadis

Re: Surprised..

Less an American thing, more a case of a self-styled big shot getting away from the corporate oversight and consequences, around a bunch of strangers with a few drinks in hand. As someone said, it's also a reflection of their general character, writ larger with alcohol; they're probably giant assholes to most of the men they encounter too, not just the women, even if the harassment isn't sexual.

Unfortunately, this is one of the most common characters you meet at conventions. Fortunately, there are lots of others and there are ways to report them, too.

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AMD unveils 'single purpose' graphics card for PC gamers and NO ONE else

foxyshadis

Re: "a single purpose: to play demanding PC games"

I guess you've been under a rock for a decade, if you haven't noticed that the era of consoles in the living room and PCs in the bedroom is long past. Aside from all the Xbox and PS games available for PC, Steam has spent years building living-room friendly PC gaming, and in the meantime, console games have been retreating to online-multiplayer that isn't as living-room-friendly.

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Cracking copyright law: How a simian selfie stunt could make a monkey out of Wikipedia

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> No. That is not true.

Agency requires a contract! This is true in all Berne convention nations. The ONLY time agency is implicit is if the creator is both traditionally employed (not contracted) and the creation is part of their job duties. In all other cases the copyright would either be with the one who pressed the button at the right time, be shared with the one who edited the raw into a final, or simply be in dispute.

How can you possibly defend the idea that a random stranger firing the camera falls under an agency agreement?

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Re: It really doesn't matter

Welcome to ten years ago, the hate train on Wikipedia left the station a long time back.

But what makes you think they've lost anything? You aren't important, you make a few minor edits and haven't donated money, so how can you speak for those who do? Your opinion means nothing to them, especially if more support it than don't; from what I've seen, that's the case -- Wikipedia is huge with the "information wants to be free" (aka freetard) crowd already.

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It's time for PGP to die, says ... no, not the NSA – a US crypto prof

foxyshadis

Re: Not saying PGP is perfect

Fingerprints are so broken. They're a straight MD5, which only gets more broken every year. Every email client I've used only presents 32 bits of the fingerprint for your visual verification. It's time for PGP to move on and some of the brilliant people who put modern TLS together to start working on secure email, otherwise Google and Yahoo will be the only ones controlling it.

We've already patched and bodged SMTP into the 21st century, kicking and screaming all the way, at least; that proves that smart people could tackle PGP too.

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Brit infosec firm lets hackers think they've stolen something

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@petur

zip-with-password is an encrypted file. Locally, at that.

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Re: sounds nice on paper

And I doubt it works too well if someone sets up a VPN for exfiltration, or even a dropbox or encrypted zip. But hey, it's flashy and sounds amazing, and it keeps people from casually emailing Important Stuff to anyone, security theater at its best.

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You've got three days to patch Adobe Flash, Air, Reader

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Foxit is nice enough...

...but I just finally had to dump it for Adobe last night, despite the incredibly bad taste in my mouth. It just plain couldn't handle huge PDFs, leaving a black screen instead, and it was always slow as molasses at rendering complex PDFs anyway. It seems to have been largely abandoned, no performance updates for years, just little UI changes and bugfixes. But yeah, you can imagine how awesome it feels to have a critical update come out the day I switch over.

(The fact that it's now almost as spammy about upgrading as Adobe doesn't help.)

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What's next for OpenGL for the desktop, mobile devices, and the web?

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If this is anything like the last major rewrite...

...it'll be delayed for years and hardly deliver any of what it promised. OpenGL 3 was a disaster, and with the same Khronos still in control, I don't have any hopes for this new OpenGL 5 either.

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Why hackers won't be able to hijack your next flight - the facts

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America's hot and cold spots for broadband revealed in new map

foxyshadis

Would probably be more interesting on a county level (or in the west, ZIP code, since our counties are larger than some states). Whole-state mapping doesn't mean much for anyone living in the wrong part of the state.

Given how much of VA is hinterlands, Arlington, Richmond, and Norfork must have absolutely insane average bandwidth!

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Google devs: Tearing Chrome away from OpenSSL not that easy

foxyshadis

Re: Could this happen with LibreSSL too?

One thing this article didn't approach is that Chrome is based on NSS, not OpenSSL, and the totally different APIs are what make the drop-in so painful. If it was just OpenSSL to BoringSSL or LibreSSL, it would be much smoother. (Well, not so much in LibreSSL's case, since all of the neat kludgy platform-specific hacks were removed, making it much less portable at this time.)

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Hey Intel – that new Pro 2500 SSD looks awfully familiar

foxyshadis

Re: I hearby revoke your techie creds

Not really, no. Idle for a laptop is around 10-25W depending on what you have inside. The savings are less than one percent (significantly less if you have an older laptop). Getting an extra minute or three on a full charge is nice, but hardly substantial.

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HP, Microsoft prove it again: Big Business doesn't create jobs

foxyshadis

Re: I don't know why all the red tape is needed.

Smaller SMEs are by far the worst about abusing their employees, because they know they're too small for regulators to care about, and they'll just declare bankruptcy and vanish if they do get caught. The hospitality and restaurant industries are particularly bad, but small business in general all does it.

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Intel teaches Oracle how to become the latest and greatest Xeon Whisperer

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Smells like copy-protections

Am I the only one who thinks Oracle is going to use this to enable or disable cores depending on what you pay? They'll probably drop you down to one core if you get a bit behind on your licensing, as well....

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Popular password protection programs p0wnable

foxyshadis

Java? On iOS?

This article makes much more sense if you replace every "Java" with "Javascript".

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Qualcomm fires DMCA shotgun at alleged code thieves on GitHub – including itself

foxyshadis

Re: These are getting too much

That's absolutely not true. 17 USC Section 512(f):

(f) Misrepresentations.— Any person who knowingly materially misrepresents under this section—

(1) that material or activity is infringing, or

(2) that material or activity was removed or disabled by mistake or misidentification,

shall be liable for any damages, including costs and attorneys’ fees, incurred by the alleged infringer, by any copyright owner or copyright owner’s authorized licensee, or by a service provider, who is injured by such misrepresentation, as the result of the service provider relying upon such misrepresentation in removing or disabling access to the material or activity claimed to be infringing, or in replacing the removed material or ceasing to disable access to it.

I don't see anything about WHO you represent and a lot about WHAT you claim to represent.

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Sysadmins rejoice! Patch rampage killing off nasty DDoS attack vector

foxyshadis

How do you suppose they do that? Subpoena ISPs for the names of their customers? Not every public-facing server has a public domain name, some are just badly misconfigured.

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DISPLAY DESTRUCTION D'OH! Teardown cracks Surface Pro 3 screen

foxyshadis

Re: Even more confused by the choice of Micro SD slot now

CF is dead, and its successor XQD was stillborn. SD is up to 280MB/s compared to CF/XQD's 168MB/s maximum, and hardly any new cards have been released for years. Lexar's 3333x would be amazing but it's been vaporware for 6 months, without even pricing released, while SD continues to advance.

Regarding the SD size problem, SD to MicroSD adapters exist just like MicroSD to SD. Just buy one. Outside of the DSLR world, MicroSD is where the entire memory card industry is going, so it's no surprise. (I'm just insanely appreciative that a slot was included; even Google dropped them.)

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Re: Why bother making things so thin?

Removing the screen is the first step to every Surface repair, so yeah. Surface and Surface 2 do have replacement screens available, so Surface 3 is almost certain to get them too.

I'd argue that the screen is "fragile" since it's thin enough that Microsoft probably won't be able to repair it, and will have to replace the screen each time. Sturdier glass would lower repair costs for them as well as everyone else.

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Re: Can it play Crysis?

@JDX

That was a reply to the Canon 6D comment.

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Re: Still News?

I think you're deeply confused about how repairable most technology is, Dave. In particular, iPhone 4 and up are actually pretty easy to repair, it's only the older ones that are a pain in the ass. They have high repairability scores. Thousands of people a day use iFixit guides to repair their stuff, whether the manufacturer supports it or not.

So no, no one actually KNEW that it wasn't repairable until the attempt was made; quite often they are.

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Re: Planned obsolescence

I'm sure if people were obsessed with buying the thinnest, lightest cars that could also exceed 200MPH while barely sipping gas/leccy, cars would also be basically unserviceable. (Some are anyway, just ask any mechanic what they think about working on an Audi.)

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Oracle shares pummeled after giant reports glacial growth

foxyshadis

Re: So where was the growth supposed to come from?

I think you're looking at the wrong year -- US corporate spending is finally opening up in a big way this year, after trickling up for the past couple years. It's mainly Oracle who isn't benefiting from all of this, from the looks of it.

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Protecting code's secrets wins ACM prize

foxyshadis

This sounds like missing the point entirely

Most non-trivial unpackers are already based on tracing and reassembling the code as it executes, or by having completely reverse-engineered the packer. I don't understand what this solves, since all of the routines that programmers will want to protect are also likely to be the ones executed most often. I'm not aware of many obfuscation schemes that are easily beaten by "algebraic methods", so this lands squarely in the land of "fancy tricks that impress programmers but have no real-world applicability".

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What can The Simpsons teach us about stats algorithms? Glad you asked...

foxyshadis

So... what's the options, then?

Deciding how to normalize this disparate data into something that can be combined into a single dataset is basically why Mr. Fancy Math gets paid to crunch numbers. How about expanding the article with that?

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Fat-fingered admin downs entire Joyent data center

foxyshadis

Re: op/admin

You don't consider the BOFH an administrator?

Well he administers the pints, that's for sure.

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Windows XP fixes flaws for free if you turn PCs into CASH REGISTERS

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Re: XP x64 screwed?

If enough people care, whole "alternative update" sites will spring up, that will repackage Server 2003 updates for XP x64 and all the Vista/7 and supported XP variations for mainline XP (or simply "obtained" from companies that retain support contracts). Then you just repoint update.microsoft.com in your hosts file and poof, updates and false sense of security are yours for the taking.

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SpaceX billionaire claims Air Force official 'likely' made job-for-spy-sat-contract deal

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Re: Wait a minute...

The tweet leads me to believe he felt out both SpaceX and Aerojet before the contract was awarded. If SpaceX had offered the position, who knows if they'd have the contract right now? (And a lawsuit from Aerojet instead.) There are people that corrupt out there, but it's impossible to know if Correll is one. It's conjecture until it gets to court.

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Re: I reckon Musk has the goods on Correll about trying to get a job off Spacex

No one gives a damn about that, people have been going back and forth between military and civil service for centuries. I mean, no one likes it, but at this point only bushy tailed university students think that they can change anything. What gets people up in arms about this and other blatant instances is approving a sweetheart deal right before you get a sweetheart deal back from the same company. That just makes everyone angry; people like to think they have a voice, no one likes to be reminded that companies buy and sell all of the laws no matter what the people think.

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Get cracking on STARTTLS says Facebook

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Re: Not bad for the big leagues

This must be why you failed science classes. Look at the units again.

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