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All your audio, video kit is about to become OBSOLETE

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The technology revolution is here

3D is the future

BluRays will replace DVDs in a few years

No one should need more than 128K

We have always been at war with Oceania

Etc etc.

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Just what the world needs: Android in the rice cooker

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Re: So

Special offer in the Daily Mail; Collect tokens, get your free EDL pot. Comes pre-programmed with a rich vocabulary for describing non-whites, Eastern Europeans and appliances made in Asia.

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5,000 UK pubs get free Wi-Fi... and they're not even all in London

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Re: You get what you pay for

And of course the filter for family friendly content will likely block any blog, news or enteratainment site that has ever done a swear (i.e. the ones worth reading)

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A pre-ticked box in web forms should NOT mean consent - EU report

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I thought we'd thrashed this out years ago and decided that opt-in by default was not on. Did the lobbyists bury it last time?

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FAVI smacks your dumb TV with £30 Android SmartStick

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Next step

Device you can plug your aerial into - with improved Wifi over the review version, access to a NAS or higher internal memory capacity and a half decent channel browsing/taping interface, I can see cheapo Android boxes eating into the market for Sky+/TiVo boxes (what's their generic name again?)

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Samsung ordered to cough mobe sales figures to world+dog

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Re: Long-suffering Judge Lucy Koh

I wonder what the legal mechanisms/options are for requesting a new Judge in the jurisdiction? She clearly wants to put the case behind her and can't seem to comprehend that every point will be fought bitterly at this financial scale.

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Ofcom looks at contract opt-outs as users rage over price hikes

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Re: Bucking the trend

"leaving network operators in the impossible position of being unable to raise prices against rising costs"

Or simply locking in their price for as long as the contract term is fixed/accepting the contract is void if they change the amount of compensation they want? It can't be that hard surely. A smart operator would use it as a marketing opportunity "our contract prices are guaranteed for the minimum term of the contract" and a sales opportunity (make it widely known the price hikes happen every e.g. June and reap the benefits of people jumping onto contracts in May before the rise.)

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Rocket 'Grasshopper' leaps higher than tall building in single bound

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I must admit

I didn't realise NASA recovered the shuttle boosters. Seems obvious in hindsight, but I didn't think they would have survived the fall in reusable conditions.

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Christmas ruined for 2,100 sex offenders booted off online games

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Re: Same article

I thought a few weeks back the news was that this was going to happen. Now that it has happened, it's news again.

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Taxpayers to cough for Comet staff redundo

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Re: Here's a thought...

"Really - care to articulate one"

Theoretical company A has gone into administration with total debts of £10Million. Even split £5M each secured and unsecured. Theoretical administrator B has a potential buyer in theoretical consortium C who are willing to buy the majority of the assets for £8M, totally paying off the secured debt and leaving a good chunk for the unsecured portion if they can pull together the funding to buy.

Into this scenario comes Fatcat D who makes an offer of £5.1M for only the very best assets of the dead company - but he is willing to sign on the bottom line today. This deal will collapse the value of any remaining assets as the best have been stripped off, but it will settle all secured amounts while leaving the unsecured creditors scrapping over change. Both deals have merit, and although C does not currently have the funding it is not unrealistic that they could get it within say a week. Is there anything to stop B taking the immediate, less work option that screws over the unsecured creditors?

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Here's a thought...

Isn't Deloitte's status as a preferred creditor a potential conflict of interest? It's not unreasonable to suppose there could be a situation where they are faced with a deal that offers a decent chance of paying off a large number of creditors vs. one with a slightly better chance of being able to pay off the preferred creditors only.

Obviously they do have to have preferred status or no-one would get paid for doing what I'm sure is a hard and skilled job, but are there any oversight safeguards to make sure they don't pull stunts like selling stores to friendly companies at below-market prices?

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UN telecoms talks FOUNDER as US, UK, Canada and Aussies quit

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Re: Further marks down

Her too. Couldn't remember her name.

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Further marks down

for dissing Home and Away. Isla Fisher got me through my 'formative years.'

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File-sharing mom begs US Supremes to void bloated RIAA fine

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I wonder what punishment...

... she would have received if she had shoplifted three albums?

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Schmidt 'very proud' of Google's tiny tax bill: 'It's called capitalism'

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Re: weird

Couldn't agree more. No-one likes it and mostly everyone thinks it's a sneaky thing to do, but they didn't break any laws so hounding them for legal conduct will only ensure less cooperation in the future. And it's the future we should be looking to by closing these loopholes. In the modern business world, no CEO or CFO REALLY has any choice in the matter - if word got out they were planning to pay millions more in tax than they could legally get away with, they would be booted out and replaced with someone else.

For my money the only long term workable plan is to have a mandatory percentage of tax applied in the jurisdiction of the consumer, before whatever tax haven Amagoog is in this week gets a look in. It's the only way tax revenues will have a hope of rising or falling proportional to the population the taxes are collected to support. The big problems with this are implementing such a shift without violating international agreements, the risk of corporations sneaking on a stealthy price rise when they can blame it on the government, and the risk of smaller businesses suffering from increased complexity/costs.

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MPs: 'Chilling' new libel law will CENSOR THE TRUTH online

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Re: One tiny little country

Sounds like I'm getting mixed up with some other privacy law. Thanks for the correction, and sorry to the good photographers out there for confusing the issue.

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Re: One tiny little country

As I understand it you always have the right to not have photos of you published, unless there is a potential defence that publishing the photos is in the public interest (eg someone caught in the act of committing a crime).

The paparazzi and gutter press operate on a schedule that allows them to publish the photos before anyone can object to them, and once they're out there the damage is done. Celebrities put up with most of it partially because they need the attention of the public to further their career and because they are just as put off by the convoluted rigmarole of legal action as the rest of us.

You do see the odd lawsuit when the buggers go too far to let slide though, and it usually ends up going against the paps/redtops.

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LOL: Twitter faces fines for late UK financial filings

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Re: Fine

Companies are only allowed a certain number of 'whoopsies' before incurring much more severe penalties. IIRC correctly they can be struck off the Companies House register until they get their house in order (which in turn makes them unable to legally trade under that name) so it's very rarely allowed to get that far by any company with finance bods who even vaguely know what they're doing.

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'UK DNA database by stealth' proposed in £100m NHS project

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Health insurance

They're currently allowed to set premiums based on your medical history, aren't they? What happens when your records show you have genes associated with a higher risk of cancer/stroke/diabetes/whatever? Will you have the right to withhold that information?

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Parliament to unleash barrage of criticism on Snoopers' Charter

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WTF?

Proposed budget of £2Bn over ten years?

For catching criminals?

If that cash is genuinely available for law enforcement, SPEND IT ON BOBBIES ON THE BEAT ALREADY!

Sorry for shouting.

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Are you ready for the 40-zettabyte year?

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If only there were a simple software solution that could reliably tell you how much redundant, out-of-date, massively over-duplicated shite is cluttering up your drives that you could either delete or at least dump into an archive. Wonder how much storage we'd need then?

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McAfee seeks asylum in Guatemala

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"16 pages of the Royal Pregnancy in the daily papers, thank god for El Reg."

Stock up on box sets while you can!

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2012: an epoch-defining year for home entertainment

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I upvoted because I reckon your prediction is spot on, although I was tempted to give you a red mark for depressing the shit out of me.

I think the next big thing for TV will be when the Youview box or one of it's competitors gains a proven track record of useability and the price becomes comparable to the up-front for a Sky box.

I'm glad the analog signal is finally off as hopefully this means I will never again have to repeatedly explain to my mum that she already has digital TV and it won't affect her.

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Google puts Nexus 4 back on sale, sells out pronto

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Why not? Okay, not full BluRays obviously, but a few years back I had to endure a long bus commute twice a day for about 6 months. The only thing that kept me sane was my PSP. Long after I got bored with the games it continued to prove it's worth as I plowed my way through seasons of spooks, Battlestar Galactica etc which had been compressed down onto the card. I can't see why people wouldn't do the same with their phones now that the screen resolutions and available storage space allow it.

The other thing that makes people stick with removable cards? I can't overstate the convenience of just being able to pull the bloody thing out of the mobile device, whack it into the PC and drag and drop your files like you would any other drive or USB stick vs. Fannying around with proprietary connectors and/or terrible transfer software. Android used to do plug-in drag and drop quite well but they have knackered this a bit in recent updates. I'm sure things will eventually improve, but I'll still stick to a phone that has removable memory just in case.

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Court slaps down Verizon, upholds FCC data roaming rule

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WTF?

The related question is, why don't we have proper domestic roaming over here yet?

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Autonomy founder attacks HP fraud charges with new website

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Go

If this turns out to be a smoke screen, do you think we'll see Mike Lynch turn round and sue the arse off HP for slander a little while down the line? Popcorn at the ready.

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Who's using 'password' as a password? TOO MANY OF YOU

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Maybe we should use passwords that sound like mildly embarrassing admissions. If my password was "Iamsobloodylonely" (for example) I would hesitate before writing it down or reusing it on multiple logins.

Where's the 'Lightbulb' icon?

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Re: Double Fail

To quote the Oatmeal, " If I want to use 'Boobs' as my password that's my own shitty decision and you should just let me roll with it."

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Ouya gaming project announces console giveaway

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Happy

There's been a noticeable upwards trend in the visibility and popularity of smaller cheaper 'Indie' titles in recent years too... and with Kickstarter taking off I wouldn't be surprised if smaller cheaper downloadable games are a big part of the future. The only thing that worries me about the Ouya is the limited specs (8GB Internal flash memory and only 1 USB port specifically.) I'm having one just so I can experience the joy of having a Megadrive (emulator) in the living room again.

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Ready for ANOTHER patent war? Apple 'invents' wireless charging

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Re: Healthy?

He's just a shill for the egg-farming/Mobile telephony complex.

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Smear campaign

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Your midnight compatriot is obviously pawing at something he desires on the screen. Assuming the office is quiet at nighttime I'm going to presume it's naked ladies. The next obvious inference from there is that he's wanking.

In your chair.

Have fun at work next week!

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Staples to offer in-store full color 3D printing service

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Re: The pessimist in me

The pessimist in me says Staples will still try to charge for a 3D construct that one of the minimum wage monkeys has clearly put a foot through at some stage of the process. Assuming anyone in the store actually knows how their 3D printer works, which the realist in me says is unlikely based on past experience.

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Half of us have old phones STUFFED in our drawers

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Re: Not helped by rip off unlock fees

You have a few options. The phone helldesks are useless, more interested in getting rid of you than helping you.

1) Try visiting an Orange store and asking for the unlock code, if you're still in a contract with Orange after your upgrade they'll probably not try to charge a fee (don't mention it if they don't!) They're less likely to not give you what you want if potential punters can overhear the kind of service you're getting. Plus a store assistant can't hang up on you if they don't want to talk to you*.

B) Try looking for an independent phone accessories shop in town or in the market. They'll likely charge, but they should do it then and there and you can probably haggle them down to about a tenner.

iii) Google around online a bit and see if you can get an unlock code. I'd pick this as a last resort option, as a fair few sites try to look like free help sites that describe all the steps you need to find your EMEI number etc but ask for money just before they give you a code. Add in the possibility of conflicting, misleading or just plain wrong information out there and you could brick your phone.

*Like they did to me last week. Grrr.

PS if you are still with Orange you'd do well to check your bill. I just discovered they've been massively overcharging me for data.

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It's been said above already, but decent phones from the pre-touchscreen era are kept as they are good rugged backups. My one old Android phone sits on my bedside cabinet as my alarm clock which also serves as a mini tablet if I can't sleep or need to look something up/make notes etc in the middle of the night. With no SIM in the card, I can leave it in flight mode and it lasts ages on one charge.

As spare droid handsets get more common I can foresee a growing number of people repurposing them for pet projects like media centres, mobile security cameras etc. Wired already have an article about some boffins who are using one as the brains of a DIY drone.

We might even see Google sponsoring a hacking competition for best re-purposing?

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Leveson tells media to set up independent regulator or bow to Ofcom

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Re: This one change would be a good deterrant

I don't know if that'd be good idea. Great in principle, but I think a full front page "We are wrong and stupid and here's why" article would be the only thing on this Earth that could make me buy the Daily Mail. Depending on how many people feel the same way, their front page apology punishment could well turn out to be a record seller. Maybe an automatic fine with every retraction?

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Far Cry 3 game review

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Re: Do they really play this to review it?

There will likely be strict caveats on the press against publishing their own screenshots. It's probable a PR dept somewhere sends out a number of 'approved' screenshots for reviewers.

Anyone know if Ubisoft are still doing that atrocious 'constant net connection required to play' mince? I fancy getting this for PC, but I'll probably abort to PS3 if they're going to shut me down if my internet breaks.

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BYOD: A bigger headache for IT bosses than Windows Metro?

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Re: BYOD

I reckon he'd say that's TSOY and apply CPPL (Cattle Prod on Persistent LUser) if you complained.

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Their One Year Mission: To boldly find the effects of null G on humans

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Re: A year in zero-gravity just to see how it messes you up?

In an ideal world, centrifugal gravity would definitely be worth exploring. Are you volunteering to fund the R&D and construction on the entirely new space station that would require?

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Brave lads

Given what we already know about prolonged weightlessness boils down to "it effs you up a fair bit", big props to the men who are volunteering to knacker their bodies in the name of SCIENCE.

Beer 'cos they deserve several.

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P-P-P-Pick up our PENGUIN-POWERED Pi PIPER of Python

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Top Notch

Would love to see more "I combined my Raspberry Pi and some keyboard hacking to do THIS" type stories on el reg.

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Driverless trucks roam Australian mines

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Re: Oh dear...

Hacking? All the joyriding is probably done from the remote control at the Perth facility. It's a good thing they don't have the remote(control) drive at the remote(isolated) site - I doubt it would take long for the few humans out in the middle of nowhere to start playing chicken with the trucks.

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Microsoft-Motorola patent row: Google wants $4 BEELLION a year

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It's like lunchtime at the playground

Google and Microsoft have swapped round, it's now Google's turn to be the baddie and Microsoft gets to play the goodie for a change. Highly amusing even if it is lining the pockets of the legal elite and holding back tech development.

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Patent trolling to go under anti-trust spotlight

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Re: version of Godwin's law

Newton's Fourth Law - stop banging on about that bloody Apple.

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Judge: Your boss has no right to your emails held by a third party

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Ooh. Wouldn't this be sweet if it torpedoed the (latest) outsourcing fad? "We can't send the jobs to Elbonia, we'd have no oversight over their email. They could be up to anything behind our back!"

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Windows Phone 8 has a secret feature which may activate at any time

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Just had a thought...

Won't most hotspots mandate manual login so they know that the user has deliberately ticked "I have agreed to the terms and conditions" (and their arse is therefore legally covered?)

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In the loop: how Halo defined a new decade of first-person shooters

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I don't think it's fair to say Call of Duty didn't push any boundaries either; When Modern Warfare 4 came out it had the most photorealistic engine seen to date, with a Tom Clancy Russians/terrorists/nukes plot that stayed just on the right side of believability. It was also the first game I remember with a cinematic 'movie' style plot that went as far as two weave the storylines of two different groups together - I can't recall any other game where things were kept fresh by jumping the player between characters.

Unfortunately when it went massive it became something of a victim of it's own momentum; with Treyarch pumping out a COD title every other year that you could describe as not-as-good if you wanted to be very charitable, even the Infinity Ward follow ups weren't quite as good as the first Modern Warfare.

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Sock-wielding movie pirates go to prison

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Re: a porn film starring Jo Brand

Thanks for that mental image.

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El Reg seeks hoardiest reader for crap-stashtic honour

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I seem to recall

that Douglas Adam's book The meaning of Liff had a word for gubbins that becomes essential as soon as you turf it out. Can't remember what the word was though.

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Android games console jumps to Jelly Bean for penultimate test phase

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Stop

I thought that was "Games must have a free to play version." Which to my knowledge meant you can sell your game on OUYA if you have a free demo available. I think they're aiming for plenty of content with minimal outlay ASAP to better the OUYA's chances of taking off, not gearing developers toward the freemium model. At least I hope not.

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Lindsay Lohan storm over Hitler, Hurricane tweets: 'It was hackers'

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You forgot the inverted commas...

... around "tired and emotional".

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