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853 posts • joined 28 Jul 2011

US Marshals seek buyer for Silk Road's Bitcoin

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Re: Um, what?

In theory they could put them in a wallet and deliberately scramble the password I guess. My suspicion is that at least some bitcoins will be shifted around other government agencies for stings/undercover work and the like. If I was a criminal Kingpin, I'd be making my IT peons work on a way to decline any transaction involving a bitcoin that had been in Federal hands.

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SPIDER-TROOP, Spider-troop, does whatever a spider troop can

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Re: "war-fighters"?!?

'Democracy Installation Technicians*' is the favoured euphemism of the internet - I'm surprised that the military PR hasn't tried to adopt this one.

*"Hello, Iraq here. I appear to be having some trouble with my recently installed Democracy, can you put me through to your support line?"

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Apple's Irish tax lair to be probed by European Commission

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Re: tax delayment

That might be okay if the companies involved were 'parking' cash in tax havens in a healthy manner, e.g. still paying tax but deferring some of their income to get a lower rate in the expectation they will have a slow year where they can draw this reserve down. Instead they appear to be gambling that they can lobby/bribe their way into getting a 'tax holiday' or cutting some other sort of deal to repatriate the cash at a minimal rate.

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Alienware says it WILL ship a Steam Machine in 2014 – running Windows

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A whole TWO USB ports? I don't know if I'm ready for such opulence.

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Mobe-orists, beware: Stroking while driving could land you a £4k fine

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Re: GOOD

"It's even more scary when you don't have a big metal cage around you."

I know how you feel, I walk home from work alongside a busy road at rush hour. Luckily I'm not on the road itself but the number of times I've seen cyclists almost KO'd is insane. I'm occasionally tempted to become a Glasshole for the express purpose of snitching on nutter drivers.

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The one that bugs me is the tacked on one about the quadrupled fine for speeding on the motorway. I'm not apologising for speeding, but long straight wide stretches of road outside areas of high pedestrian traffic seem to be almost exactly the wrong area to focus/crack down on, and smacks of meeting targets rather than protecting the public.

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Game of Thrones scribe George R R Martin will KILL YOU for US$20K

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Not that I'm against raising money for charity, but surely there's a way of doing that with less chance for backfiring? I can't see the fans being happy if Full Metal Havok More Sexy N Intelligent Than Spock And All The Superheroes Combined With Frostnova or someone like him wins it.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/03/12/nz_name/

If he had the balls he should offer a bounty that allows you to slap him in the face as revenge for your favourite character :)

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The enemy of my enemy is my, well, temporary ally: Apple and Microsoft in pact against Google

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Re: Noboby uses Bing for a good reason

"I don't think Bing's all that bad. Oh, except Bing maps. Which I used a few times on my old Nokia Lumia, and sucked."

MultiMap.com was my favourite Map site until they got borged by MS and became Bing Maps. Within a few days of the new logos appearing on the site maps were displaying incorrectly or not showing up at all in the browser. Microsoft pushed me onto Google maps by F'ing up a perfevtly good product.

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Watch Dogs: Eat, sleep, hack, repeat

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I'm in the 'Let Down' camp

My god the city is bland when you compare it to GTA 4/5 or Saint's Row. I keep forgetting which city it's supposed to be, only remembering when I pass a newsstand with Chicago or Seattle or whatever emblazoned on. You also get too much stuff straight off the bat. Within 1 or 2 missions I had a silenced pistol, multiple Assault Rifles and Shotguns. Ubisoft should have held some of this back to nudge me into the hacking side of things, with such a massive arsenal already at my disposal I didn't see the point in hacking once I got into a fight.

The biggest issue though is that I'm struggling to care about Aiden Pearce: he's got a half-decent backstory where he's out for revenge for his dead nephew, but he is also a bland amoral dickhead who by his own admission only prevents crimes as a 'distraction.' Ubisoft still have not got the hang of compelling protagonists, Aiden is much more Connor/Desmond than Ezio.

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Dixons tells HQ workers: Yes, that IS a creaky trapdoor you hear. You're at risk of redundo

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Re: Consult?

The bright side is those in the 'consultancy' have the right to time off for jobhunting & interviews etc. But it is pretty much a tick-box exercise on the company's part. Even if the employee came up with a really good solution that would save jobs, I doubt management & HR would go for it as this would mean admitting being wrong.

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FCC MUST protect net neutrality to preserve AMERICA, say Google et al

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Re: CAR ANALOGY

Didn't we in fact have a 'priority lane' during the Olympics that, surprise surprise, you could pay a charge to use?

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Re: 'Net Neutrality - Step 1: Define "net"

There will never ever be a surplus for any length of time. Give everyone FTTH and it will become 'the acceptable standard' within a month and 'pretty slow' within three as everyone gets used to watching Bluray quality films over Netflix while also doing HD Skype and someone in the same household plays the latest PS4 game over OnLive.

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Carphone Warehouse, Dixons embroiled in £3.7bn merger rumour

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I thought Dixons were buggered? I'm sure they were slashing costs and closing shops. Not too long ago having too many bricks and mortar stores was a death knell; now they want to pile more under a single corporate umbrella?

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‘Scapegoated’ BBC tech boss calls foul, kicks off unfair sacking tribunal

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I've said it before, but I would bet money that the Watchdog didn't get to see the Accenture report because it was lost or deliberately binned - and rightfully so if it's up to the usual Accenture scratch. As for the unfair dismissal, my heart won't bleed for the £287K/annum exec either way, but it does sound like he was made to carry the can and it would be nice if he could rattle some cages at the Beeb.

The cynic in me wonders however if there will shortly be an out of court settlement (subject to non disclosure so both parties can continue to claim the high ground) that will pay him off and bury the matter.

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Tesco to tout its own smartphone – now THAT'S an unexpected item in the bagging area

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I don't know where they'll find a niche in the market for this really. Aiming at the high end like they are apparently planning feels like a non-starter if the Tesco brand is going to be plastered all over it.

Not to mention the hurdle to clear to be considered 'high end' keeps going up - the super cheap (for what you get) Moto G has redefined the mid-lower end of the range, and you can get older model Samsung galaxies brand new now for (comparatively) dirt cheap.

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You'll hate Google's experimental Chrome UI, but so will phishers

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Re: Good thing

While there is an option to disable it. Chrome has a habit of 'streamlining' things by burying options they don't want used ten sub-menus deep (e.g. Import/Export bookmarks from HTML. Used to be only a click away and easy as mince, but then came along 'store your settings in the Cloud by signing up for a Google+ account...)

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US Supreme Court to decide if cops can search mobes without a warrant

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I'm starting to wonder...

...If it would be worth a company rebranding their smartphones as Personal Computers that just so happen to take SIM cards and have the capacity to do calls and texts. Apple trying to ban your phone? We don't make phones your Honour, we make portable PC's that can connect to multiple networks including but not limited to legacy telecomms infrastructure. Ordered to unlock your phone? I'm sorry officer, I only carry a personal computer that stores my electronic papers and effects.

If they can play silly buggers with definitions, why can't we?

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Really? Sigh. Really? Apple's lawsuit against Google is REVIVED

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Good

The more people in court against Apple the better. Throw enough lawyers from enough companies and those patents will be invalidated, and Apple's lawsuits will fall like dominoes.

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FCC: We're GUTTED people think we'd gut net neutrality

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We need a way to play the bastards off against one another. If only we could convince the RIAA/MPAA etc that pay to play will drive people to darknets and torrent sites.

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EU: Let's cost financial traders $400m a day, because EVIL BANKERS. Right?

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Re: Ignorant Politicians?

It's entertaining reading either way. Do you have a website Don?

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"in order to prevent HFT traders from making money they're going to artificially increase the tick size. Thereby, inevitably, increasing the size of the spread."

Has it been conclusively established that they will INCREASE minimum tick size as opposed to locking it from going below a certain level? And if it has what will the increase be relative to the typical spread?

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True optical zoom coming to HTC smartphone cameras

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The HTC rep is talking like they have a specific something up their sleeve; I wonder if they're working on a deal with a big name in compact optics like the folk that do/did Nokia's camera's (Carl Zeiss?)

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New Facebook phone app allows you to stalk your mates

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Re: Bah, forget stalking. Consider the usability angle.

Get off the table and sit round it. This is a respectable establishment!

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Whoever you vote for, Google gets in

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Re: So, the EFF gets donations from Google.

Sometimes it's about having someone in their organisation knowing the names and faces of a few people in your organisation. That way next time the EFF or whoever discover a scandal at Google they just might phone up and call name & face out on it. This tips off big G that they need to kick the PR dept into top gear, and named face just might be able to spin that it is "something we are looking into, and would you mind giving us a few days to complete our investigation before you make a big announcement to the interwebs."

After a few years of cordial relationships, reps at your company are making speeches at EFF conference/shindigs (bankrolled by you) and there's a low-level indoctrination throughout their organisation that your lot are a decent bunch.

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APPLE FAILS to ditch class action suit over ebook PRICE-FIX fiasco

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Re: Useful ruling for the new Apple price fixing racket

Did they plead no contest? I thought the usual corporate bargain was that they'd pay a big settlement fine in return for dropping proceedings against them (hence no guilty verdict and no open floodgates for lawsuits.)

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Cheat Win XP DEATH: Little-known tool to save you from the XPocalypse

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Re: Danger Will Robinson

XP hasn't been transferred to a new computer, honest. This is the same computer, I've just upgraded the Motherboard, Ram, CPU, Graphics card, Hard Drive and chassis. It's the same power cable and screws I've always used.

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Nominet bins Optical Express' appeal against 'It ruined my life' website

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I'm occasionally tempted by laser surgery, but then I remember I'm a screaming sissy who can barely get contacts in without flinching. The idea of remaining calm and still while someone Clockwork Oranges my eyelids is not one I can realistically entertain.

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You never hear about these BranstonPickleruined my life sites until someone tries to shut them down and it makes the news. Someone should explain the Streisand effect to these companies.

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Technology is murdering customer service - legally

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I would happily never speak to 'customer service' if companies actually admitted they made mistakes and had protocol to fix it. If I could fill out a box saying 'I have been charged for X when X is included in my plan, please correct my account and refund the charges' and the company actually did it I would be ecstatic.

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Titanfall pits man against machine, Kiefer Sutherland Snakes into Metal Gear Solid V

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Re: 360 vs xb-one (vs PC)

If my POS PC can handle it, the 360 (and the PS3) should have had no problems. In fact they went out of their way to make sure it would run on older PC's - the audio files are installed uncompressed so that the rig doesn't have to unpack them during the match.

(The full install is 48Gig - roughly half of which is audio!)

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Re: I am with you on that ....

Even on UT the multiplayer wasn't stand alone; they always had a "campaign" mode that was basically a series of bot matches of escalating difficulty and challenge. You could have all the UT fun without ever going online if you really wanted to. As an added bonus you could explore the maps without letting your team down, and opponents of varying skill levels were always a click away regardless of your internet connection.

My biggest disappointment with Titanfall is that their "campaign" didn't go back to this well established method from decades ago. I had high hopes that botmatch functionality was making a comeback with the options in the latest CODs,

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Windows Phone 8.1: Like WinPho 8, but BETTER

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Just had an epiphany...

"it will cost manufacturers less to make a Windows Phone than an Android phone, all other things being equal."

Microsoft might be shooting themselves in the foot if they keep charging Android royalties now that WinPhone is cheaper; someone is bound to try to throw the various competition commissions at them.

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Where the HELL is my ROBOT BUTLER?

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Re: "Telepresence robots." Hmm.

That actually sounds like something that could really improve the 3rd world if it was possible and done properly, but I think it would take a lot of capital. You'd have to put in the technical and social infrastucture to support this - fibre optic data links to control the robot, and at least basic clean food, water, education in English and literacy and housing for the servants. The incidental benefits to your chosen cheap labour country would be immense even before you gave them the opportunity to earn a salary many times higher than locally available.

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BEHOLD the HOLY GRAIL of TECH: The REVERSIBLE USB plug

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Re: What about the Euro mandate?

"better" is relative. The new model will be better in terms of occasionally saving people five seconds plugging it in. Micro USB is better in terms of millions of chargers already being in circulation saving significant manufacturing and shipping costs.

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Hey, Michael Lewis: Stop DEMONISING Wall Street’s SUPERHUMAN high-speed trading

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Re: Feedback

I think what he meant was that valuable economic activity takes place outwith the realm of milliseconds, not that slowness is inherently good.

Although I think you could make the argument that Ford speeding up the car process could have made it less good for the economy in terms of lowering the flow of money from wealthy industrialists to factory workers & taking jobs out of the economy. Not that I'm making that argument as I don't have the facts, I just think it could be debated.

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Apple: You're a copycat! Samsung: This is really about Google, isn't it?

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This is where the Samsung-Google cross licencing alliance will start to bear fruit: Sue either of them and you could well end up taking on two tech giants in a war on two fronts.

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Soccer's dull? A MIND-CONTROLLED robo-suit will be used to take first World Cup 2014 kick

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Re: Robotics will be great...

But just think! This could be the first step towards an all-robot football league. This could be something your average nerd could actually get behind.

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How Microsoft can keep Win XP alive – and WHY: A real-world example

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Liability mentality

Microsoft will never* reverse course and decide to continue supporting XP for cash. That will keep them on the hook if/when in future a big company gets hacked or loses valuable data and an XP vulnerability can be proven as the root cause. Currently they have a fairly strong defence if this happened, but if they were still making money supporting XP? Lawsuit.

*Obviously the overpriced support available to big players is an exception to the rule. This is basically keeping big government departments sweet and should be low risk in lawsuit terms as big organisations still widely using XP can safely assumed to be too poorly managed to consider launching lawsuits.

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NSA plans to FREE YOUR DATA with range of cloud services, analytics

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Re: Oh come on...

I think with high quality spoof sites like theOnion and theDailyMash putting out top notch spoofs daily it must be hard nowadays to put out a standout gag article that, well, stands out.

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Re: Oh come on...

Do tell when you get back. I'm a bit disappointed with Google's offering this year. Automatically photobombing the Hoff into your pictures is good, but it's not up there with the multiple cursor gag of years back.

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Oh come on...

...You're not even trying. And putting HOLD DO NOT PUBLISH in the headline to make it look accidental?

EDIT: Full marks for the 3 page level of commitment though.

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UK cops: Keep yer golden doubloons, ad folk. Yon websites belong ta PIRATES

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Re: Perfect, just waiting...

Pint to the clever plod who convinced his/her bosses that compiling this list and putting it online would be a good idea. BOFH would be proud.

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Oculus Rift? Tchah, try 'Oculus Thrift' ... You bet your vrAse we tested these bargain VR specs

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Re: Might want to re-think the name

Agreed, I kept seeing vrArse.

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It's not you, it's EE: UK mobile network goes titsup, blames gremlins

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All the networks seem to be bloody awful at doing anything nowadays. If it's anything that can't be done without phoning customer services you are buggered. They have been spoiled for far too long with public acceptance of long-term lock in contracts.

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ROBO-SNOWDEN: Iraq, the internet – two places the US govt invaded that weren't a threat

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Comparatively, yes. That's the entire point. The US has degraded to the stage that asylum in Russia is necessary.

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WhatsApp founder: Privacy WON'T vanish under Facebook

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Re: Surrendered Control

Strictly speaking, as long as he's CEO he can run the company how he likes until the owners fire him. If I were in his shoes, I'd be tempted to piss off Facebook enough that they paid me to retire.

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Bitcoin bust litigants fling sueballs at Japanese bank

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Re: Justified?

I think it'll all depend on how easily the Japanese bank brushes this off. Unless the lawsuit-flingers have proper evidence that the bank really did do something wrong, I can't see this sticking. I would imagine other banks around the world are in "wait and see" mode, much like the rest of us (possibly +/- popcorn.)

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That NSA denial in full: As of right now, we're not pretending to be Facebook or Twitter

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Re: "Everyone knows the NSA can legally eavesdrop on foreigners outside US soil"

Yeah I worded that pretty poorly. Didn't mean to imply Europe could tell the Commonwealth what to do.

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Re: "Everyone knows the NSA can legally eavesdrop on foreigners outside US soil"

Europe should pass laws saying that hacking spy organisations outside Europe (and the Commonwealth) is explicitly legal. See how the NSA like it.

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Scam emails tell people they have cancer to trick them into installing a money-stealing Trojan

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That's pretty low...

...it's definitely not Nice.

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