* Posts by S4qFBxkFFg

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Google sues Mississippi Attorney General 'for doing MPAA's dirty work'

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Re: Only in America

It's, AFAIK, possible to sue anyone for anything. Whether or not it gets thrown out within seconds of hitting the court is another matter.

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HORRIFIED Amazon retailers fear GOING BUST after 1p pricing cockup

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It may be a coincidence, but I saw an Asus GTX 750ti graphics card for £23.99 on Amazon at the weekend and realistically I'd expect there to be a 1 in front of that price.

It's meant to ship today, so hoping it goes through without someone picking up on it.

If it wasn't for camelcamelcamel I'd have missed it.

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El Reg reanimates Cash'n'Carrion merchandising tentacle

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Digging up the moles is hard/expensive work.

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Re: Excellent beerworthy news

12.32 years

I've had mine for ~8 years, and it still works as intended.

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Snowden doc leak lists submarine'd cables tapped by spooks

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Re: Bullet

Do you realise that he's probably given the worst ("worst" defined by the resultant damage to the USA) stuff to a trusted associate who is under instructions to release the whole lot if he disappears/dies under any kind of remotely suspicious circumstances?

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Two driverless cars stuffed with passengers are ABOUT TO CRASH - who should take the hit?

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It's obviously a tricky area, but I can't imagine that anything other than a driverless car doing "its best" to protect its passengers would be acceptable to the customer.

Would anyone ride in a vehicle they knew/suspected would go into "sacrifice" mode if came off worse in a costs/benefit analysis when compared with a packed school bus?

The outcome will probably be that, taking the example given, no vehicle swerves to certain doom and both end up colliding. That's if the algorithms decide a head-on is slightly-less-certain doom.

The person shouting "My car tried to kill me!" will probably receive more attention than the person shouting "Their car didn't try to sacrifice them to save my life!" and I'd bet on a judge and jury being more likely to favour the former.

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HP's pet lizard is FERAL PERIL says wildlife group

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"That's bad because, presumably, dumped Ralphs will go feral, eat local wildlife and perhaps breed."

Iguanas don't eat meat, unless accidentally (for example, an insect minding its own business, sitting on a tasty leaf) or when forced (by humans fattening them for later eating, both of which are extremely unhealthy for the iguana).

edit: http://www.anapsid.org/iguana/animalprotein.html

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Humanity now making about 41 mobes EACH SECOND

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Re: junk wave coming

If Google's Ara idea takes off, the junk generation rate might drop slightly. If your phone is modular enough that the individual components can be replaced, then there's no need to bin it if one bit is too crap/broken.

It'll end up a bit like the Trigger's broom of phones if it does happen.

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Turn OFF your phone or WE'LL ALL DI... live? Europe OKs mobes, tabs non-stop on flights

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"Expect a large uptake in apps making fart noises..."

I recommend "Farting Boaby" on Android for this purpose.

It's also a one-dimensional flight sim...

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Early result from Scots indyref vote? NAW, Jimmy - it's a SCAM

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Re: sick of it all

Nurse! More dried frog pills!

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Re: What are your predictions?

I hope for a "Yes", but am predicting a narrow "No" win.

The 97% registration does have the potential to shake things up though; many of these people have never voted before; the pollsters have never had to take their effect on elections into account before - so a 65% (either way) should probably not be seen as unthinkable.

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Re: No law against asking somone a question is there?

Unless it's *seriously* unreliable (i.e. sending the work experience kid to the nearest polling station to ask a couple of people leaving) it would just be too much work.

Proper exit polling is seriously expensive, for little gain - they'd be better just making it up for all anyone will care about predictions when they get the actual result tomorrow.

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Badges for Commentards

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Re: Where's my vulture?

Efros, Omgwtfbbqtime:

ISTR something about the criteria only applying over some particular length of time before now.

I think it means we're now regarded as "stale" and are being encouraged to post more upvote-worthy thoughts.

Perhaps we should be represented by some sort of baked good that's obviously past its best?

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JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!

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Re: I'm fine with Scottish independence if it's what they want.

He's no hero, but can (along with others) be justifiably proud of his successes; he's brought the prospect of independence from laughable to within a reasonable error bar of 50%. Before that, the SNP got a majority in a parliamentary system which could be argued was specifically designed to stop any one party (i.e. the SNP) from doing so.

Also, the best chance of him retiring (and the SNP fading away) would be a "Yes" result - it's sort of like Cancer Research - they say their goal is to put themselves out of business. OK, the SNP don't actually say that, but a lot of their voters probably think that way - once their purpose is served, what point to keeping them around?

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Scottish independence: Will it really TEAR the HEART from IT firms?

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I realise I wasn't as clear as I could be - I meant Scots, possibly born in Scotland, currently working for GCHQ/MI5/MI6/etc., probably (based on how these entities are organised) living in England.

If, in 2016, they decide to head back north, and seek employment helping set up the various Scottish equivalents of the above, you can imagine that the former UK counter-intelligence people might be a bit worried.

Would, and to what extent, the Official Secrets Act (or whatever it's currently called) even apply?

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"There will also be specific government ICT issues: an independent Scotland may have to build its own communications intelligence and surveillance capacity - GCHQ's three main offices are all in England - and the same may be true for defence ICT. "

This is an interesting one - what do those organisations do if next week they discover that within about ~2 years a certain percentage of their employees, with varying levels of security clearance, are possibly going to be citizens of another state?

Maybe they could go on a fact-finding mission to Moscow and ask the KGB and GRU how they coped?

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Data entry REAR-END SNAFU: Weighty ballsup leads to plane take-off flap

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Re: Next up: flying in circles

It's due to centre of gravity issues.

It's more complicated than I will/can explain, but the greater the distance the CofG is from the tail, the more torque will be generated by aerodynamic effects on the tailplane/elevator (and fin/rudder).

Roughly speaking, the further forward the CofG, the more stable it will be (like a dart) and vice versa.

In extreme cases of instability the aircraft may be uncontrollable; if it's too stable, the pilot may be unable to flare (pitch up) on landing, causing a harder impact and/or bounce.

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Shoot-em-up: Sony Online Entertainment hit by 'large scale DDoS attack'

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re your last paragraph - I hope you didn't do it in that order, or at the least, were very careful.

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Premier League wants to PURGE ALL FOOTIE GIFs from social media

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Re: GIF's?

It doesn't say, but I understood it to be referring to taking phone videos of the TV while it's showing a goal.

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Password manager LastPass goes titsup: Users LOCKED OUT

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Weirdly, it was usable from my phone (3) but completely unreachable from my office machine (which goes through JANET).

Seems fine now though.

edit: I could still log in to everything because it could still use its offline storage

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Gmail gains support for non-ASCII email addresses

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Re: Hello, novelty names.

This will be amusing if it actually works.

For testing, try this: http://eeemo.net/

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Re: More work

Tannin: please read the relevant RFCs, or, preferably, use a validator produced by someone who has.

Just because you have never seen a particular character in an email address, or an email address without a domain name, doesn't mean they aren't valid.

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Scottish independence debate: STV player flops under weight of viewers

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Re: Std Dirty tricks by tory boys of the westminster clan

Please.

I'm a definite "Yes" voter on the day, but this is close to a tinfoiler rant.

Most of the voters will have been able to see it, whether those in the rest of the UK, or abroad, did, it won't influence the result much.

I'm not saying the UK Government isn't trying to keep Scotland, and are probably using dodgy tactics to do so, but this isn't a useful example.

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Austrian Tor exit relay operator guilty of ferrying child porn

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The silver lining here is that some clever people will now be very interested in finding a way to create a system performing a similar function to tor that does not have the particular vulnerability that allowed the police to identify Mr. Weber as the operator of the exit node concerned.

I do hope those clever people are much cleverer than I am, because I have no idea how this could even be accomplished; any ideas?

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We got behind the wheel of a Tesla S electric car. We didn't hate it

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Not 100% sure, but I think ABS came from the people making aircraft landing gear.

(source was my dad, who was in the RAF)

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Re: A quick couple of points ...

Interestingly, fuel consumption can also be thought of as a surface area (volume of fuel per distance is just a length cubed per length, i.e. length squared) with a smaller area being more fuel efficient.

Explained better on XKCD (scroll down a bit): http://what-if.xkcd.com/11/

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EXPOSED: Massive mobile malware network used by cops globally

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Re: How to detect it?

You want the phone to be able to connect to the internet (or try to) through a wireless router you control (and are confident hasn't been mucked around with - buying one cash from a physical shop might be worthwhile), while being unable to connect to the phone network (remove sim, go somewhere with no signal, etc.).

Set the router to log as much as it can.

Check the logs for the relevant IPs.

Be aware, this malware might cache data and transmit it in bursts at set times, it might not communicate over wifi at all, etc. etc.

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Google Glass gets 2GB of RAM. Think about this. Two gigs of RAM

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Re: Glassholes

If British, shouldn't it be "Glarsehole"?

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Wedding tackle started out as PROTO-SHARKS' LEGS, boffins say

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Re: parallel evolution

I wouldn't worry; Miss Piggy is probably adequately serv(ic)ed by Kermit in other ways:

https://encrypted.google.com/search?q=frog+tongue&tbm=isch

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Queen's Speech: Computer Misuse Act to be amended, tougher sentences planned

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@Will Godfrey Re: Shark Jumped!

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Feds crack down harder on 'lasing'. Yep, aircraft laser zapping... Really

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Re: A solution is at hand.

That sounds impressive - if it can block all commercially available laser wavelengths, without blocking an unacceptable level of the rest of the spectrum (it's still nice for pilots to be able to tell what colour of lights they're seeing outside the windows) then the problem is solved.

I'd even want glasses with this in; it scares me to think what a nutter with one of the higher powered pointers could do if they were to intentionally shine it in people's eyes, just walking down the street for instance.

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China 'in discussions' about high-speed rail lines to London, Germany – and the US

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Re: A great idea

Indeed, something will need to be found for that North Korean military to do when the country collapses.

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Web cesspit 4chan touts '$20 bug bounty' after hackers ruin Moot's day

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Remember when /b/ was good?

I stopped going there much a few years ago, but am almost regretful as it would have been delicious to see what would have happened on the site if all the mods/admins were banned for a few hours.

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ARM exec: Forget eight-core smartphone chips, just enjoy a SIX-PACK

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Re: A bit like desktop then

If you can, try disabling hyperthreading and seeing if it has any benefit.

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R.I.P. LADEE: Probe smashes into lunar surface at 3,600mph

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Re: Built out of modular components?

Yes, it's definitely playable though, and there're plenty of user contributed mods to enhance it, and fill in the gaps.

Topically, here's one example:

http://forum.kerbalspaceprogram.com/threads/54656-0-23-KDEX-Kerbal-Dust-Experiment-v1-01

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British Gas applies to wind up UK colo outfit Alphadex

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“unsecured WordPress scripts which allowed [hackers] to install a UDP relay service on the customers [sic] virtual server. This UDP relay service then sent traffic between itself and other compromised servers on the network, the traffic proliferated until it hit its capacity.”

I seem to recall this from one of the BOFH's/PFY's excuse sheets.

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NZ bloke's drunken poker bet ends in 99-letter name

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Re: Violence?

Well, there is a tradition for naming girls after virtues, so in the opposite case, logically...

(Terry Pratchett thought of it before I did.)

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Cable thieves hang up on BT, cause MAJOR outage

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Re: Damn thieves

I would prefer if it was high (as in, a few hundred amps) current.

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Google warns Glass wearers: Quit being 'CREEPY GLASSHOLES'

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Re: A small window

"develop the Mk 2 that will be a lot more ... discrete."

Agreed, it's almost certain that that will happen; I can't imagine myself wearing something like that for long stretches (I know it's probably not that heavy, but it just looks horrendously asymmetric and irritating for the wearer).

Several things would have to happen for me to consider getting one:

- a reduced price; $1500 is a bad joke

- a reduced size; unless it can be squeezed into frames no larger than stereotypical NHS/hipster glasses, it's not going on my head - offload some of the work to a phone or some other wearable computer if necessary

- it's also got to look like glasses so as not to tip off potential muggers, although if the price does come down this would be less of a problem

- a HUD mode; information off to the side of my field of view will be useful in some situations, information overlaying reality makes sense in a lot more. An unglamorous example of a killer app for this would be something that constantly scans my field of view and highlights turds on the pavement with a flashing brown warning symbol. Something more justifiable might be Haynes manuals highlighting engine parts as you look at them. Also, you know someone is eventually going to write a version of adblock for real life,even if it's going to be an inevitable sideload.

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Google Glassholes, GET OFF our ROADS, thunder lawmakers in seven US states

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Exactly - this is all going to go away once Google Glass looks like a normal pair of glasses (which is probably not that many versions away).

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NatWest 'spam' email cockup got me slapped with late payment fee, says angry Reg reader

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Re: more lessons

It's a good idea, I learned the benefits of watching my money through (bad) experience.

It's the work of a few minutes to knock together a spreadsheet plotting regular in/out transactions for your account(s), add some estimates for the less regular expenses like food/transport and you can quickly see when/if you're going to end up in the red.

Another useful tip is to make sure you have a no-annual-fee credit card, that doesn't charge interest if you pay off the bills on time. Put as much of your spending as possible on it, and pay just before the due date - online banking makes this easy. Quite a lot of things you might not expect can be paid by credit card actually can be - things like council tax or small (<£1) transactions in larger shops, for example. The basic idea is keep as much balance earning interest in your current account (if it doesn't, change banks) as possible rather than getting spent on debit card or cash transactions.

Also occasionally helpful is buying something on the credit card and returning it, getting the refund on a debit card - I've done this, but only if I was going to be returning something anyway.

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A BBC-by-subscription 'would be richer', MPs told

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It's not that bad - it's (goon visit) only happened to me once in about 4 years; I just said I didn't need a licence and when he asked if I had a TV, I repeated myself, then shut the window (it didn't seem to be worth a trip to the door).

The letters go in the bin, only opened if I get curious about how shrill and overblown they've become.

(Non-live) iPlayer is perfectly legal without a licence, and I make good use of it. The current situation suits me perfectly.

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Developers: Behold the bug NOBODY can fix

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Re: You can fix that bug...

...or what happens when latin script meets cotton in Asia:

http://www.incrediblethings.com/web/t-shirts-lost-in-translation/

http://www.bootstrappin.com/2008/07/engrish-t-shirts-in-japan/

http://www.joshjacobson.net/pics/tshirts.php

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Google, Netflix ready next weapon in net neutrality battle: The fury of millions

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If Google/Netflix don't get their way on this, it could get messy - I assume Google has quite a large number of IP addresses from which it can fling packets, as well as various other ways of obfuscating the content it's sending.

Imagine playing whack-a-mole where the number of holes is equal to the number of ipv6 addresses Google can control - youtube.com just becomes a portal, the actual video data comes from all over the place.

(Yes, I know the ISPs could just block youtube.com altogether, but that's probably a bit too blatant.)

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Our Milky Way galaxy is INSIDE OUT. Just as we suspected, mutter boffins

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Re: All that metal!!

I know it's a joke, but it should probably be pointed out that in astronomy "metal" refers to any element which isn't hydrogen or helium.

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Bitcoin blasts past $1,000 AGAIN after Zynga accepts cryptocurrency

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Re: Fluctuations

Maybe this "BitPay" organisation accounts for that - they'll post prices in dollars and keep adjusting the actual amount of bitcoins/dollar more or less constantly.

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Nominet seeks royal approval for pisspoor .uk domain name push

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Joke

,uk ;uk 'uk

If you think it's bad now, wait until someone with influence over/at ICANN comes to the view that dots are unnecessarily restrictive.

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Microsoft: Don't listen to 4chan ... especially the bit about bricking Xbox Ones

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Re: @AC 08:32

"...buying them new boxes of sharpies all the time..."

Nicely done sir.

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OMG, Andrex KILLED the PUPPY! Not quilty, exclaim bog roll boys

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"a lighting rod for people who are overly preoccupied with their posterior"

This brings to mind someone possessing buttocks so gargantuan that in order to observe the relevant area, they do not just require your normal everyday bathroom lights or torch - no: they require a lighting rod, presumably in conjunction with one of those mirrors on a stick you can check the underside of a chassis for suspicious, potentially explosive items (and also can be used to look for bombs under cars).

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