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HBO slaps takedown demand on 13-year-old girl's painting because it used 'Winter is coming'

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Sue me, HBO

I'm going to splash the words "winter is coming" all over every domain I own. Bring it on, dickheads.

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Could this be you? Really Offensive Security Engineer sought by Facebook

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Facebook is going to be offensive?

How will we notice the difference?

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Take that, creationists: Boffins witness birth of new species in the lab

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Re: dogs cannot become cats

Adhering precisely to the (now accepted as irrefutable fact) process of evolution, you cannot get from Dog to cat, because each represents a local maxima of the environment.

Yeah, Steve. But you can't use words like "irrefutable fact" or "local maxima of the environment" with creationists. Because Genesis. Another favorite argument is, "If [$deity] did not create me then I have no moral value etc etc. Before you can break through to creationists you have to destroy their ego attachment. You might as well try to train a cat to bark.

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The standard argument

I get from creationists is, "a dog can't become a cat." They might be persuaded if the bacterium evolved into a laser-wielding shark, but probably would just come up with another way to deny the science.

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Team Trump snubs Big Internet oligarchs

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Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company

That's all I needed to know.

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Super Cali goes ballistic, considers taxing Netflix

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Tax Tweets

If we have to endlessly hear about Trump's latest ignorant Tweet, at least let the government make some money from it. He doesn't believe in paying taxes, because he's smart. Put up or shut up, Donnie.

Here in Florida, where most middle-class voters idiots think (?) Trump will lower their taxes, we pay sales tax on Internet service and Netflix. Oh, and Amazon orders too, as they now have a distribution center slave-labor camp in our state, even if the purchased item ships from out of state. I don't have a Hulu account so can't speak for them. The only differences between governments and organized crime are, the gangsters have better suits and nicer cars.

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BOFH: The Hypochondriac Boss and the non-random sample

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FTFY

suggestible hypochondriac with the IT skillset of a potato

Facebook user.

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Comcast is the honey badger of ISPs – injects pop-ups into browsers, doesn't give a fsck

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Terabyte Territory

Lucky me. I live in a capped area. Fortunately, I only seem to be using about 1 GB/day (Thanks, uBlock Origin!). The penalty for watching too many cat vids is severe:

You have two courtesy months to exceed a terabyte of usage without charge. After using these two months, if you exceed your data usage plan you will be charged $10.00 for each 50GB of additional data provided, but charges will not exceed $200 each month, no matter how much you use.
Reviewing past months' usage makes me think they only count bandwidth via your home/business connection. I was hitting their local hot spots regularly before this month, and the amount of bandwidth they report doesn't reflect that.

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China cites Trump to justify ‘fake news’ media clampdown. Surprised?

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Does that include advertising?

Ren Xianling, No.2 at the Cyberspace Administration of China, said internet users posting false stories should be punished.
HEADLINE: China endorses ad-blocking.

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User needed 40-minute lesson in turning it off and turning it on again

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Probably fairly common

Once worked for a company a major PC mfr outsourced tech support to. Working Christmas Day for the extra $$$, I get The Call. Customer has just set up new PC and "it was working fine until I turned it off. When I turned it on again it wouldn't do anything." What did you do before turning it off?

Naturally, he had to delete the Windows directory, because he didn't need it anymore and it was using a lot of HD space (this was in 2000).

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Searching for 'Fatty Kim the Third' banned on Chinese social media

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Re: Gugle Trainslate

Baidu: "Sorry, I did not find " Kim Sam-fat " relevant pages."

Searching Baidu for "Jin San Pang" and translating to English produces a slew of stuff like "Baidu search Jin San Pang you will find what look landlord favorites."

Finally, some words for China, even if they aren't listening: You are judged by the company you keep. If you continue to prop up that fat little bitch, you dishonor your country. Yes, every country has its pet tyrant-clients, but that's no excuse and Kim is an especially horrible little perv.

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And with one stroke, Trump killed the Era of Slacktivism

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One thing we can count on with Trump

He won't be appointing Carly Fiorina to any posts in his administration.

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Mac book, whoa! Apple unveils $300 design tome

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I'll wait for the movie

To come out on Netflix.

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CERN boffins see strange ... oh, wait, that's just New Zealand moving 2m north

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Blame it on the Supermoon

Trump will be building a blue-cheese wall around the moon and the Man In The Moon will pay for it.

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Swedish prosecutor finally treks to London to question Julian Assange

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He faces no threat from the U.S. now

Trump would probably give him a medal and a job in his administration.

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Russia shoves antitrust probe into Microsoft after Kaspersky gripes about Windows 10

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Microsoft had no comment at time of going to press.

Their dodgy security software prevented them from hearing about the problem.

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Mark Zuckerberg is dead – Facebook confirmed

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News?

Who was is Mark Zuckerberg and why should I care whether he's dead or alive?

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Make phishing great again: Hackers prod US think tanks, NGOs amid Trump win shockwaves

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Grabbing hackers by the crotch

Trump will build a wall around the hackers and make the Russians pay for it.

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Panicked WH Smith kills website to stop sales of how-to terrorism manuals

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Re: @Andrew Jones 2

Their techniques parallel those of Donald Trump, attracting individuals who are relatively easy to manipulate and feeding them a diet of mental filth....

FTFY

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IBM: Why our Power9 CPU is going to make data centers great again

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"great again"

Please, stop rubbing it in. We feel bad enough already.

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US citizens crash Canadian immigration site after Trump victory

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Re: The working man is disenfranchised by essentially undemocratic systems

The working man disenfranchised themselves by persistently - and deliberately - ignoring the chances to have their say when they were enfranchised.

I love the fourth+ generation coal miners whining about their jobs. My grandfather was a coal miner in Newcastle. Prior to WW1 he and my grandmother emigrated to Canada. After my father was born in Canada, the family moved to the States. During the Depression my grandfather began a successful appliance store in the Northeast U.S. My father, still a Canadian citizen, joined the U.S. Army in January 1941, hoping for useful training. After serving in the Pacific, he got a Bachelor's and MBA and rose to an executive position in the shipping business.

You tell me an American-born coal miner couldn't pull himself up from the mines and make a better life for himself and his children. The same people who complain that more-recent immigrants are getting a free ride ignorantly demand the same for themselves. Okay, you were born here. Now get off your butt and make something of yourself. This isn't Haiti or Zimbabwe; opportunities abound, if you seek them out. People who are angry about their lot in life and want the government to do all the work to improve their lot are LOSERS. And they just elected a loser, in business and his personal life, to lead them.

It defies belief that, the same year Bob Dylan is awarded a Nobel Prize, a man who stands opposed to everything we've fought for over the last 50 years is elected U.S. president.

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Re: and we thought brexit was a bloody stupid decision

But don't worry, the UK will benefit from a stronger USA. And from Brexit as well. I'm looking forward to it.

If you think a candidate endorsed by the worst elements of American society -- and who lost the popular vote -- is going to make America stronger, I want to know what you're drinking. Brexit and Trump's election have set the world back at least 50 years, and not to a better time. Oswald Spengler nailed it.

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Re: @HausWolf

You seriously believe they don't know the difference between Shia and Sunni and that they'll just interfere for the hell of it?

You obviously haven't been paying attention to Trump. Remember, he didn't even know Russia had invaded Ukraine and seized Crimea.

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Mission Accomplished

The United States' transition to Third World status is complete.

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FBI's Clinton email comedown confirms it could have killed the story in a canter

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Top 5 Times the FBI intervened to Help the US Right Wing

http://www.juancole.com/2016/11/times-intervened-right.html

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Twitter trolls are destroying democracy, warn eggheads

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It isn't only Twitter

In 1998, my late father, new to the Internet, opined that it would help bring world peace through global interaction. Hooking him up to soc.culture.iraq put an end to his idealism.

Wherever people can anonymously confront one another with little effort, the double-digit-IQ locusts will claim the ground. They killed Usenet and now the swarm has discovered Twitter. And Donald Trump.

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Adblock overlord to Zuckerberg: Lay down your weapons and surrender

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Wall Street is looking for a Facebook blocker

Wall Street fell modestly on Thursday, with the S&P 500 headed for its longest losing streak since the 2008 financial crisis, as Facebook shares weighed and investors grappled with uncertainty over next week's U.S. presidential election.

Facebook shares tumbled 5.8 percent as the world's largest online social media network warned that revenue growth would slow this quarter.

The stock was the biggest drag on the S&P 500 and Nasdaq, which were both on pace for their eighth straight session of losses.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-stocks-idUSKBN12Y1CF

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Should Facebook be worried?

What is this "Facebook"?

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What should the Red Arrows' new aircraft be?

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Re: Sonic BOOOOOOOOM

Spitfires? Whilst they would sound amazing, they're a bit too rare, old and delicate to start giving that kind of loading on the airframe regularly!

So build new ones! Not like you haven't done it already.

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Windows 10 market share stalls after free upgrade offer ends

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Who uses Windows 10?

My various tech-hobby-oriented subdomains are not the be-all for survey purposes, and AW Stats apparently sees Windows 10 as "Windows (unknown)," but I only see that on one sub. Windows 7 is the clear leader, though there are a disheartening number of hits from XP. Even some Windows 2000! Maybe they're bots, though. I suspect most Win 10 installations were due to users setting Windows Update to the anything-goes mode, not through deliberate installation. If you did a survey in the UK, you'd find most people drive on the left, but it's different in France. That's no way to determine which is better. Microsoft may tout their "success" in installing forcing Win 10, but it's no reflection on the value of the OS.

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Hell desk thought PC fire report was a first-day-on-the-job prank

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I used to "over dress" for work, and got crap for it. Until the day they sacked the boss and I got the promotion. The rest of the department had a sudden change of attitude toward me then.

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It's ALIVE: Juno back online after reboot

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Bingeing on Netflix

Juno was busy, watching Season 2 of The Flash.

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New MacBook Pro beckons fanbois to become strip pokers

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Re: Interesting idea..

Friends don't let friends buy HP laptops.

Not so fast. I bought a used ProBook 455 on eBay about 18 months ago. Been using it about 8 hours a day, every day. So far, 0 problems. The Western Digital HD in my HP desktop, OTOH, crapped out after 5 years.

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Possible reprieve for the venerable A-10 Warthog

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Re: Hacking

Got this from a friend who got it from a state police organization.

Yes, the key to taking down the U.S. is surely to kill off Twitter and Netflix. I see it's time for a rerun of my favorite song: http://www.eclectech.co.uk/mindcontrol.php Note: Requires Flash, another sign of the coming apocalypse.

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Sometimes slow is good

In 1968 I was a re-purposed ground-radio tech doing what's now called combat control* in Vietnam. Daytime airstrikes were done with F-4, F-100 and A-1E aircraft. The latter, callsign "Sandy," were leftover WW2 recip-engine planes, but they were our favorites. Not out of nostalgia, but because at their slower speeds they had a better chance of hitting the target than the faster jets. Not that there was any fault on the part of the jet pilots, mind you.

Combat controllers now have access to laser guidance, meaning tactical air support can come from aircraft flying far above the battlefield. That's great, until the laser system goes titsup or you just don't have one. Here's where the A-10 comes in. At night, close air support came from even older planes, C-47s equipped with Gatling guns, the Spooky gunships.

The U.S. Air Force brass may feel the roles once filled by A-1Es and C-47s can better be accomplished with drones. That doesn't mean the F-35 is a good idea for other roles. "Paperweight" is a good epithet. No matter how advanced the thing is, if you can't reliably get it in the air you are screwed. Well, you aren't because you're not going anywhere. The guys on the ground are screwed. Advanced technology can solve a lot of problems. But when it comes to down-and-dirty warfare, sometimes less tech is more. As in environmental science and investing, diversity should be a major element in strategy.

*Today's combat controllers are spec-ops trained and I bow to them. Their advanced training is a good use of the defense budget. There were many days and nights in 1968 that I would have liked to have some of that training!

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Dyn dinged by DDoS: US DNS firm gives web a bad hair day

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Does anyone else remember the public service film that warned the collapse of the civilian internet was the first sign that human civilization was about to suffer a nuclear holocaust inflicted by murderous robots?

The firestorm will come at 3 a.m. US EDT tomorrow, when Donald Trump arises and discovers he still can't send Tweets. SAD!

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Any truth to this?

DDoS attacks on companies like Dyn, which facilitate the loading of web pages, have increased recently in both size and intensity. The latest comes the day after Doug Madory, director of Internet Analysis at Dyn, gave a presentation at an industry conference about research he had done on questionable practices at BackConnect Inc., a firm that offers web services, including helping clients manage DDoS attacks. According to Madory, BackConnect had regularly spoofed Internet addresses through a technique known as a BGP hijack, an aggressive tactic that pushes the bounds of industry.

Madory’s research was conducted with Brian Krebs, a well-known writer on computer-security issues. Krebs also published an article based on the research last month. Within hours, his website was hit by a “extremely large and unusual” DDoS attack, he wrote.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-10-21/internet-service-disrupted-in-large-parts-of-eastern-u-s

Twitter.com won't resolve here; I predict a massive social breakdown if this isn't fixed soon. Beer o'clock will be coming early this Friday.

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Re: It's back

Hmmm. Netflix is DOA down here in Florida at 1750 GMT, and they're a Dyn client.

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Re: It's back

Interestingly the 'conservative' sites I visit haven't had any issues. It is the 'liberal' media that appears to be down.

Guess that applies to the Grauniad. Articles are working here in the States, but I can't log in, due to DNS problems. Maybe this is a Putinbot operation in retaliation for Assangesky getting sent to the cyber gulag?

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Trump vs. Clinton III - TPP looks dead, RussiaLeaks confirmed

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Re: Trump should not be on the ballot paper

What is his plan 'B' if the vote goes againast him?

I'd bet lunch at your favorite pub that the first act of Congress after Clinton is elected will be to initiate impeachment proceedings. And DT will be screaming for it from the rooftops. Unfortunately, they and he may have a case.

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Donald Trump running insecure email servers

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Re: It's cool.

He's got experts - believe him, real experts - looking at this right now. Ten years old, very smart - the smartest - and one might even be eleven.

As long as they're small for their age. He won't hire anyone whose hands are bigger than his.

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Ecuador admits it cut Assange's internet to stop WikiLeaks' US election 'interference'

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Why does President Correa support Clinton?

President Rafael Correa has undercut freedom of the press in Ecuador by subjecting journalists and media figures to public denunciation and retaliatory litigation. Judicial independence continued to suffer in 2012 due to transitional mechanisms for judicial reform that have given the government and its supporters in Congress a powerful say in appointing and dismissing judges.

Freedom of Expression

In February 2012, President Correa won a US$2 million judgment against the co-authors of a book, The Big Brother, which dealt with questionable contracts between the president’s brother and state institutions. Correa subsequently desisted from the demand, and also pardoned Emilio Palacio, former head of the opinion section of the newspaper El Universo and three of its directors, who had been sentenced to three years each in prison in 2011 and ordered, together with the newspaper, to pay him damages totaling $40 million. In August, Palacio was granted asylum in the United States.

https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2013/country-chapters/ecuador

He sounds more like Trump.

Trump Says Freedom of the Press Must Go Because He’s ‘Not Like Other People’

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'State cuts' Assange internet

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Why did Ecuador cut him off?

Did he exceed his bandwidth cap already? He needs to get out more.

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Google has unleashed Factivism to smite the untruthy

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It is a fact

That politicians lie. You can tell, because their lips are moving. No matter who wins, the rich get richer, infrastructure goes un-maintained in favor of useless pork projects and increased military spending, while the electorate drowns itself in "reality" TV programming because trying to parse actual reality requires too much effort. Why think, when XYZ News Channel will do it for you? And tout drugs, cars and other crap you don't need along with their soporific propaganda.

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So. What's North Korea really like?

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North/South

Is Samsung taking management lessons from the Norks?

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Forget malware, crooks are cracking ATMs the old-fashioned way – with explosives

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Recycle that phone

Just in time, a use for all those Samsung Note 7s. Grab the bills before they burn!

The one with the smoking pocket.

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Student software finds new Minor Planet found way out beyond Pluto

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11,000 years to go around the Sun

Finally, a "year" long enough to finish a project on time!

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Adobe on patch parade to march out 83 bugs

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Just be glad Adobe doesn't build airplanes

That is all.

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Like it or not, here are ALL your October Microsoft patches

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Why do they call it "Patch Tuesday"

When I only ever get notified on the following Wednesday? I even did a Check for Updates last night, U.S. Eastern time.

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