* Posts by Kernel

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Selfie-proof smartmobes will hit stores for Christmas

Kernel

Re: Up to a billion pounds

"Started about 10 years ago.... "

No, it goes back way earlier than that.

Back about 1970 or so I had a copy of the "Brand New Monty Python Papper Bok" which had an ad in it for what I seem to remember was a body building plan that would, among other benefits, make 'up to' some large number of ladies want to sleep with you every day - with an asterisk and footnote to the effect that the term 'up to' quite clearly included the number zero.

On a side note, I got this book at a good discount because the book shop wasn't able to clean the dirty marks off the front cover - no problem, I wanted the book and it was the last copy. It was many years later I saw another copy with exactly the same dirt marks - and realised that they were actually printed on the cover.

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ASUS first Asian PC maker to warn of price hikes... in 2.5 months

Kernel

Re: The Brexiteers were

"- The Stella and other foreign lagers they migh drink"

Well, if you've any sort of luck at all you might get to see a growth in the UK brewing industry to produce more high quality local beers to replace the mass produced swill that is currently so popular.

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UK's climate change dept abolished, but 'smart meters and all our policies strong as ever'

Kernel

Re: All for doing away with meter reader

"Why? All that's needed is that the meter be readable from outside the house and that's been the norm for new builds and renovations in Australia/NZ for 50 years."

Your info is out of date (NZ) - when I was renovating and completely rebuilding the switchboard about 4 years ago the smart meter was allowed to stay where it was - inside and not accessible from outside the house.

The only problem was when the lines company wanted to add a second smart meter for their own purposes - what with the retailer's meter, the ripple control relay and the vast collection of RCDs (5) and cct breakers (17), there just wasn't room for anything more.

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Happy Mappiversary, Ordnance Survey

Kernel

Re: Rub-a-dub?

"Am i the only one who's seen the cheeky cockney pub reference in Tiree? Rubha Dubh? (twice)..."

Sorry to disappoint you, but Rubha Dubh translates as Black Promontory - rubha = promontory, dubh = black.

It's pretty obvious even to a none Gaelic speaker from the opposite side of the world (such as myself) that rubha has to have a meaning like cape, point or promontory.

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Brexit threatens Cornish pasty's racial purity

Kernel

Re: Champagne Cider

"Australia *is* in the EU, I saw it on Eurovision."

An ex-colleague, recently having breakfast at a hotel, felt that he had to inform the little lad at the next table that despite what his parents were assuring him it was extremely unlikely that they would be seeing kangaroos in the wild any time soon.

According to the kid's parents it is entirely my ex-colleague's fault that Austria is not seething with a wide range of marsupials.

It really pays to turn off auto-complete when booking that overseas holiday.

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Sysadmin 'fesses up to wrecking his former employer's IT systems

Kernel

What 's his crime again?

Having worked with Agilent's NetExpert product in the distant past, it's hard to imagine how he could have made things any worse than they already were.

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Marauding monkey blacks out Kenya

Kernel

Re: Huh?

All it needs is sufficient, sudden, loss of online capacity to slow the rest of the generators down due to overloading - once you're more than 3 or 4 Hz down on nominal frequency it's all over - a black restart is needed and this can take a long time as the load being connected has to be matched closely to the online generation capacity to avoid 'rinse and repeat' situations.

Of course, if the station you lose is currently the frequency setter for the network ie., it's big enough to drag all the others into line speed wise, then you've suddenly got a whole heap of small generators, under excessive load, with no flywheel effect from the frequency setter to keep them stable.

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Smartwatches: I hate to say ‘I told you so’. But I told you so.

Kernel

Re: There is *something* somewhere ...

"Or you could ditch the daft, geeky feature list and go with something sort of retro / steampunk. Maybe purely mechanical, with little gears and a way you could see them?......(looks at own wrist)."

Or you could even put a glass window in both front and back so you can see the little gears from both sides - the glass could be protected with a couple of flip open covers, activated by pressing a little stem on the side of said device - hey, you could possibly even adapt the stem to be be a multipurpose case opening/power input/programming device. ....... (looks at own waist, heads for patent office).

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Flash. Bang. Wallet: Marcher crooks target UK Android users

Kernel

Re: If you are using your phone for 2FA

You would think so - but I was recently slagged off in a newspaper's on-line forums by an "IT security professional" who was convinced that the safest way to do on-line banking was by using the bank's free phone app as opposed to the two channel authentication method I had suggested - still, my money is still where it's supposed to be, hopefully hers has migrated elsewhere by now.

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TeamViewer denies hack after PCs hijacked, PayPal accounts drained

Kernel

Re: still

"If I was an network enterprise admin though I would probably be looking for outbound connections to Teamviewer's servers and blocking those for now...."

Probably just as well you aren't then - outbound connections to TV's servers are the only sort permitted by our approved enterprise setup.

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Kernel

Teamviewer is configurable

There are two simple ways to combat this problem:

i) Only run TV when needed for a remote connection.

ii) Configure TV so that not only do remote connections have to be approved on request, but remote control has to be manually granted as well.

Admittedly these precautions mean TV can't be set up for unattended use, but any software that allows unattended 24x7 access with remote control is going to be a security threat - when, not if.

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Prospect of fertilisation really blows bees' hair back

Kernel

Re: hmmm

"How do the electric emissions of flowers change if you, say, pluck a leaf?"

It doesn't worry me if there's any notable effect - but it could be a bit rough being a vegetarian/vegan if someone now goes on to prove that plants are sentient beings.

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Michael Dell bought his PC biz for a bargain, must get checkbook out for stiffed shareholders

Kernel

Re: I don't understand

Yes, under some circumstances - usually when a single party has a high percentage of the shares ie., somewhere in the mid-90% range or higher, they can force the remaining shareholders to sell.

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Kernel

On a related matter

There's this house that my wife and I sold years ago for what a willing buyer was happy to pay at the time - can I please get some more money now that that amount has increased by a factor of 4 or 5?

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US computer-science classes churn out cut-n-paste slackers – and yes, that's a bad thing

Kernel

Re: First learn the basics...

' "Unfortunately, curriculum and standards still focus on using, rather than understanding, technology," the ITIF says.

"In fact, only 37 per cent of states' CS standards include a focus on computing concepts, while 73 per cent of state CS standards include a focus on computer skills." '

I'm pretty sure the "Think Tank" is saying that schools should be teaching the basics leading to a an understanding - not sure how you interpreted it any other way, really.

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Florida man, Chinese biz fined $48k, $35m on mobe signal jam raps

Kernel

Re: Couldn't call in an emergency?

Yep - because passengers never use a cellphone, only drivers.

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Blighty's Virgin Queen threatened with foreign abduction

Kernel

Re: Bah!

"Planne ye seconde: Let ye Qweeyn purchase ye paintyng on account of yt being a depyction of her naymsayke and relation-bye-dystante-cousinhood and lyke thatte."

Not sure that they're related at all actually - there was a bit of a shortage of suitable homegrown applicants shortly after Charlie 2, at which point a couple from the Netherlands who, being otherwise unemployed, quickly sent in their CVs and got the job. Once that contract was done I think the job was then outsourced to some German company who've been doing the work ever since.

That Euro-refugee who just took the job you were after is only the latest in a long line of "bluddy furriners" taking your jobs. :)

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ZX Printer's American cousin still in use, 34 years after purchase

Kernel

Re: Good tip

"I'm old enough to remember when Faxes weren't accepted as legally valid, you had to use the Telex for that!"

Which is somewhat odd, given that the first commercial fax was sent in 1860 and the first commercial telex system was introduced by Reichspost in 1933. Prior to that telegrams were sent by morse code - even in the early 1970s my wife's training as a telex (Gentex) operator included learning to send/receive morse at at least 20 wpm.

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Tokyo rebrands 2020 Olympics

Kernel

Re: Maybe it's just me...

Yes, I agree - my immediate thought on looking at the two was that obviously paraplegics (and others who qualify for this version of the games) are entitled to a less complete life than the rest of us.

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We bet your firm doesn't stick to half of these 10 top IT admin tips

Kernel

Re: downvote cos ...

Yeah, considered to be a bit of a pest species here, hence the regulars of any swan that isn't white.

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William Hague: Brussels attacks mean we must destroy crypto ASAP

Kernel

Politicians and diapers

Both need frequent changing for the same reason.

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Samsung Galaxy S7: Big brand Android flagship champ

Kernel

Re: "Parallax Distortion"

"Keep the image plane parallel to the buildings and you won't see this effect. "

Yes, back in the day they used to make special cameras for this sort of photography - I forget exactly what they were called, but they had a bellows between lens and film and an adjustable frame so the lens carrier could be set higher that the film plane and the parallelism between the two adjusted to remove the convergence effect.

They may even still make these, but I'd imagine they are now rare and expensive toys.

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Steve Jobs, MS Office, Israel, and a basic feature Microsoft took 13 years to install

Kernel

"how on earth did Zulu end up with a Roman alphabet?"

The usual reason is that they didn't already have an written form of their language and were eventually given one by a passing missionary - in much the same way that a monk named Cyril provided the Russians (and a few others) with his take on how their spoken languages should be written down.

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Bruce Schneier: We're sleepwalking towards digital disaster and are too dumb to stop

Kernel

Re: History repeats itself

"That's a stupid example to (fail to) make your point with."

You are so right there - the Nimrod, which was a modified Comet, served the RAF from 1970 until retired in 2010 and was a very highly regarded maritime patrol aircraft in its day - not the example I'd choose to illustrate failure.

Have an up vote on me since a beer is probably not going to work.

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Sussex PC sacked after using police databases to snoop on his ex-wife

Kernel

At least something significant was done

A couple of weeks ago there was a report published of the latest results of similar checks on NZ's police force - incredible as it may seem, the dire punishment handed out to several was a third warning for this type of abuse of police systems.

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Whatever happened to... virtual SIMs?

Kernel

Re: My phone, my choice.

"This is becoming harder and harder these days anyway my spare phones take mini or micro sims, my current phone has a nano sim so I can't just swap my sims around."

What I do in this situation is take the nano SIM out of my current phone, select the correct combination of surrounds that I broke it out of when it was first delivered to match it to the micro or mini (or even full credit card sized) SIM slot in my standby phone and then install it - problem solved.

The most flexible arrangement is a nano SIM and keeping track of the adapter pieces it was supplied with.

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Kernel

My phone, my choice.

Here's a hint for phone manufacturers and network operators - no SIM, no sale!

I'll decide what network I'm going to use and where - and I'll be making that choice by removing the SIM from my phone and replacing it with the one in my pocket anytime I feel so inclined, I will not be contacting a call centre and trying to explain to someone with a questionable grasp of my language that I want to change operators for a couple of weeks while I'm on holiday in another country.

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Your xenophobia is killing us, Silicon Valley warns US Congress

Kernel

Re: @Gordon 10 -- No surprises there then

"Fuck me - are you serious? Is that really how you address a war veteran from your own country?"

What's the fact that someone is or isn't a war vet got to do with how they're addressed?

Just because someone's served in the armed forces doesn't entitle them to any special privileges or automatic respect.

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Plane food sees pilot grounded by explosive undercarriage

Kernel

Re: Well done

"A hearty well done to the pilot who managed to land safely while his poor copilot was dying next to him."

I suspect his thoughts were focused on the job at hand by a desire to not die beside his dying copilot.

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What we all really need is an SD card for our cars. Thanks, SanDisk

Kernel

You're all wrong

This is about creating limited life SD cards, which are only available from your dealership at a ludicrous price - and must be fitted by one of their technicians - without which the car will only operate in limp mode.

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Scottish MP calls for drone-busting eagles

Kernel

Re: Genetic modifications?

Give us a couple of years and enough research funding and we can probably start supplying some of these:

http://www.nzbirdsonline.org.nz/species/haasts-eagle

- although how you stop them taking out passing 747s in addition to stray drones I don't know.

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TalkTalk CuffCuffs 'ScamScam CrimCrims'

Kernel

Re: @ HmmmYes Is that where the tech support scammers got my number from?

"Only problem is if they aren't holding any call data how the F*&k do they do any billing at all? (Yes,its a big fat lie)"

Unless BT do it differently to everyone else, what they sell is blocks of terminating minutes to overseas telcos, not individual calls into the UK, so they don't necessarily know what the originating number was, just which overseas telco they got it from. Note: this is different to routing a local number to an overseas support centre, where you do send the calling number.

There's actually an on-line market where telcos can log in and buy or sell terminating minutes, which are normally at an agreed price for a certain amount of calls on a particular time and date. The fortuitous purchase of a good cheap block is why you sometimes see weekend calling specials eg., from NZ to the UK and Ireland, $5 for up to 4 hours.

Some telcos, if they have a lot of regular traffic to a particular destination, will register as a provider in the country of destination and set up a "point-of-presence" in that country - if you have the traffic volume it's cheaper to do that and hand off your traffic at in-country termination rates than to buy international termination minutes.

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Map of Tasmania to be shorn of electrical, data links to outside world

Kernel

Re: Aussie slang

"You guys do know what "map of Tasmania" is Aussie slang for, doncha?"

I'd hazard a guess that it's much the same thing as 'map of Australia" is in Kiwi slang.

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Lincolnshire council shuts down all IT after alleged 0-day breach

Kernel

Why?

Ok, admittedly I live in a country far, far away from the UK, but I'm struggling to think of why a local council would have access to anyone's medical records.

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Virginia man charged in intriguing 'suspicious bacon' case

Kernel

Re: Bacon

"A product founded on animal abuse, performed for the pursuit of human pleasure"

Yep, that's the tasty stuff we're talking about.

Good to see you're paying attention.

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Data centers dig in as monster storm strikes America's East Coast

Kernel

Re: Uh ...

"he question is, do you ensure the H2O is drained out of the bottom?"

Why would you do this - in all the installations I've seen (and that's quite a few over 40 years in the telco business) the fuel is lifted from the bulk tank to a ready tank - sometimes referred to as the day tank - and then passes through a number of water separators immediately before being allowed anywhere near an injector pump. The water separators are typically mounted beside or on the engine itself. You never, ever, assume there is no water any diesel tank.

If you're silly enough to operate a diesel - any diesel, big or small - without any form of water separator then you deserve to have it grind to an expensive halt.

You'd know all this if you'd ever owned a diesel car, or indeed ever operated any diesel at all, from a little single cylinder portable up to the largest ship's engine..

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Hey Mac users, want to be unpaid guinea pigs for Microsoft? Sure you do

Kernel

Or else!

"Office 2016 for Mac users with Office 365 consumer subscriptions will be able to opt in and receive automatic updates of the test builds of Office."

But if not enough of you do so then we'll take steps to ensure it does happen - ah, what the hell, we'll probably do that anyway in a couple of weeks.

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Boffins: There's a ninth planet out there – now we just need to find it

Kernel

Re: If Pluto is taken.

"Or, continuing the sci-fi theme, why not 'Ix'?"

Works for me - I might just catch the next Heighliner heading that way and take a quick look at it.

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Waving Microsoft's Windows 10 stick won't help Intel's Gen 6 core

Kernel

Re: Let me get this straight...?

"Windows 10 has nothing to do with it, this has been available for years in software (Kubuntu 8.10, no idea about Windows)"

Even older than that - I had an app for this on my Palm PDA many years ago. I removed it in the end because of all the practical day-to-day issues you will all think of eg., don't always have the phone on me, etc.

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Viglen staff mark CEO Tkachuk's passing with a royal tribute

Kernel

Re: Umm. news?

So, if all toilets are identical and individual, exactly why are they marked Mens and Ladies?

Seems a very old-fashioned approach. Our office has two identical toilets, but they are both labelled for both genders.

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Test burn on recycled SpaceX rocket shows almost all systems are go

Kernel

They've got to be getting outside help with this.....

"the good ship 'Just read the Instructions' will be heading out to sea"

The name of the landing platform is a dead giveaway.

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Engineer's bosses gave him printout of his Yahoo IMs. Euro court says it's OK

Kernel

Re: Separate work from private life!

" off the record warnings to several staff that browsing porn and using the internal email system to share what many would call offensive imagery was a bad move. "

Yes, well here in NZ that would count as no warning at all - if you dismissed someone because they carried on doing whatever you objected to it would be you that ended up on the wrong side of the ensuing dispute.

An 'off the record' warning does not cut much ice with the employment tribunals here and you would end up being fined for unjustified dismissal, lost wages and emotional hurt because you didn't follow proper procedure - you could even be directed to take the person back into your employ.

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NASA photos: Dawn's December deep-dive haul arrives on Earth

Kernel

Hmmmm

Is that really Dantu crater - or the ancient remains of a city built at the junction of a couple of major rivers?

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Windows 10 makes big gains at home, lags at work

Kernel

Actually

Win 10 has turned out nowhere near as bad as I had been lead to believe by all the comments I've seen in various places.

Knowing that in due course SWMBO would insist I updated her laptop I decided to upgrade mine (dual boot Win 8.1 Pro and Mint Cinnamon) over Xmas and see how it all went.

I made images using Clonezilla at each key point in the process (including the fully patched and up-to-date Win 8.1 and Mint installs, before even starting), expecting from what I'd read to have to at the very least go to some trouble to get the dual boot working again - and that's assuming Win 10 hadn't gratuitously destroyed Mint while installing itself.

Win 10 was eventually installed and behold! - the dual boot was totally unaffected. Next step, install various means of killing Cortana, Bing and telemetry - and make another disk image.

After some updates, including "important' security updates, check everything; no, none of the settings I had made have been changed and CBS (Cortana, Bing and Slurp) are still all firmly disabled. The next step - activate Bitlocker. Part way through this I realized it was going to take forever to finish because I'd set encryption for the full Windows partition, so I powered down the machine and restored from the previous disk image - once again, all fine and as I'd left it, including the dual boot.

Second attempt at Bitlocker - sectors in use only this time. Much quicker, but after a couple of days I decided I didn't want encryption at the moment, so once again load the Win 10 + Mint image - still no problems.

So far the only complaint I've got with Win 10 is that it doesn't tell me when it's updating - but I can easily kill the auto updates anyway by disabling an extension in Chrome that allows it to intercept search requests headed for Bing - for with Bing blocked and nothing else intercepting and acting on search requests directed at it, Win 10 doesn't seem to be able to determine if there are any updates available - in fact, it reports that it is unable to contact the update server.

At this stage Win 10 will be staying on my laptop, along side Mint - although just in case I've got images going back to Win 7, which is what the machine originally came with - a large beer for the person who invented the high capacity USB 3 portable hard drive.

Now, if only I could get Mint to work with Sky TV!

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Boffins switch on pinchfist incandescent bulb

Kernel

Re: TCO?

"My kitchen is now lit entirely by 7.5W (50W equivalent) 480 lumen GU10 LEDs fitted with diffusers, replacing 50W 900 lumen halogens. "

So is mine now - after one of the (originally) 12 halogen decided to fail by blowing a shard of hard and sharp plastic out of the front lens.

Halogen GU10s are now banned from our house as being too dangerous to have around a food prep area.

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Live-streaming paper plane drone takes to the skies

Kernel

Re: Legal loophole?

Yes, if it weighs less than the weight at which the law says it has to be registered then it doesn't have to be registered.

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Activist investors want tepid Yahoo! to reboot crashed Marissa Mayer

Kernel

Re: Typical vulture* capitalists...

It's not that those of us that choose to invest some of our hard-earned in companies think we're the only ones that should get paid, but more that we think we are entitled to a good return on our money - otherwise why take the risk of investing in a company at all?

Do I need to point out what happens to those same employees if no-one invests - I thought not.

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GCHQ mass spying will 'cost lives in Britain,' warns ex-NSA tech chief

Kernel

Re: The man is absolutely right!

"Burn all the hay, sweep the ash with a giant magnet. Not sure what that analogy translates to in the real world."

I am not a metallurgist, but I suspect that a needle is one of those tools that once exposed to a haystack sized fire is no longer particularly fit for purpose.

A bit like the current level of spook agency performance with regard to terror attacks really, so it is quite an appropriate analogy in this case.

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Dutch govt says no to backdoors, slides $540k into OpenSSL without breaking eye contact

Kernel

"Cue all the comments suggesting that the Dutch government might have a different view once they suffer a major terror attack of their own."

I seem to remember from pre-internet days that the Netherlands is quite familiar with the process of hosting terror attacks - some of their ex-colonies used to be a source of more than a little grief.

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